Number of Ribs in Men and Women

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How many ribs are there in men and in women?


Both men and women have 12 pairs or 24 ribs. This is contrary to traditional belief based on the Biblical story of Adam and Eve that men have 1 less rib than women. A 1999 study, however, has shown the rare occurrence (0.5% of the population) of an additional cervical rib that was observed predominantly on women.

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