Features of the anatomical position:
- Standing upright with feet together and toes pointing forward
- Arms by the side with palms facing forward
- Fingers straight with pad of the thumb at 90 degrees to the fingers
- Neutral facial expression, looking forward
- Frankfurt plane parallel with the floor (line between inferior margin of orbit and superior aspect of external acoustic meatus). This is a good approximation of the normal position of the skull when an individiual is standing.