Can scientists spot a pedophile? Study claims they are more likely to have physical deformities and be left-handed

The researchers suggest that pedophiles, such as Jimmy Savile (pictured), can be identified before they commit a crime, potentially keeping children out of harm's way

The researchers suggest that pedophiles, such as Jimmy Savile (pictured), can be identified before they commit a crime, potentially keeping children out of harm’s way

  • It also found pedophiles were more likely to have non-detached earlobes 
  • Other physical irregularities include mishappen ears and being short
  • These can develop due to baby’s exposure to alcohol or drugs in the womb
  • Scientists suggest pedophiles can be identified before they commit a crime

Pedophiles are more likely to be left-handed, have non-detached earlobes and misshapen ears.

This is according to a controversial study that argues pedophilia is biological problem that creates clear differences in appearance.

Scientists say these physical differences can be used to identify pedophiles before they commit a crime, potentially keeping children out of harm’s way.

‘Evidence is steadily accumulating to support a neurodevelopmental basis of pedophilia,’ said Fiona Dyshniku of the University of Windsor in Canada.

‘If we find that paedophilia has a biological basis, with a very early, even prenatal onset, this will influence and hopefully improve methods of treatment for this group.’

Facial anomalies could, among others, include having non-detached earlobes, malformed ears, or a high palate.

The researchers found that overall, paedophiles also have other physical irregularities known as Minor Physical Anomalies (MPAs).

MPAs can include low-set ears, a furrowed tongue, a curved fifth finger, a third toe longer than the second toe and an excessive gap between first and second toe.

These features develop during the sensitive first and early second trimesters while a baby is still in the womb.

They are created from the same primary embryonic tissue layer that gives rise to the central nervous system.

WHAT PHYSICAL DIFFERENCES CAN MARK OUT A PEDOPHILE?

The latest study found that paedophiles have more physical flaws known as Minor Physical Anomalies (MPAs).

MPAs can include low-set ears, a furrowed tongue, a curved fifth finger, a third toe longer than the second toe and an excessive gap between first and second toe.

The researchers pedophiles were more likely to be left-handed, have non-detached earlobes and a high palate.

Previous research has found paedophiles tend to be between 10 and 15 IQ points lower than average. They are also typically 2.3cm shorter in height than a typical male.

Scientists believe they develop because of a mother’s exposure to viruses, alcohol or drugs, obstetric complications, or nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy.

The abnormalities are more prevalent among men, which might mean that the male brain is more susceptible to disruptive events during prenatal development.

IS PEDOPHILIA AN ILLNESS? 

Paedophiles have differences in their brain that make them sexually attracted to children, according to separate research published last year.

An analysis of MRI scans found they are wired abnormally compared to heterosexuals, adding to a growing body of evidence that claims paedophilia is an illness.

The same regions of a healthy adult brain that register a sexual response are triggered by a paedophile seeing a child’s face, according to a new study.

The research could mean that paedophilia could be diagnosed using children’s faces, overcoming ethical concerns about showing them naked pictures of youngsters under the age of consent.

An experiment conducted by the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany revealed that in a healthy control group, adult faces activated brain parts known to be involved in sexual processing.

And the same regions were triggered then the paedophiles looked at children’s faces…

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