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Floating ribs

Floating ribs

The two lower ribs on either side that are not attached anteriorly.

Synonym: costae fluitantes, costae fluctuantes, vertebral ribs.

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Found this carcass floating by Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. It is about the size of a human torso which really freaked me out at first. But the spine is about 3 inches thick, and the ribs are too thin to be a land animal. It looks much bigger than any fish I have ever seen ...

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by DudeFromIpanema
Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:33 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Furgetabouit!
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