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1. (Science: anatomy) One of the curved bones attached to the vertebral column and supporting the lateral walls of the thorax.

In man there are twelve ribs on each side, of which the upper seven are directly connected with the sternum by cartilages, and are called sternal, or true, ribs. The remaining five pairs are called asternal, or false, ribs, and of these each of the three upper pairs is attached to the cartilage of the rib above, while the two lower pairs are free at the ventral ends, and are called floating ribs.

2. That which resembles a rib in form or use. Specifically: A ridge, fin, or wing, as on a plate, cylinder, beam, etc, to strengthen or stiffen it. One of the rods on which the cover of an umbrella is extended.

3. (Science: botany) The chief nerve, or one of the chief nerves, of a leaf. Any longitudinal ridge in a plant.

Origin: AS. Rib, ribb; akin to D. Rib, g. Rippe, OHG. Rippa, rippi, dan. Ribbe, Icel. Rif, Russ. Rebro. Support resembling the rib of an animal.Any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates).Ribs are bones that protect the major organs of vertebrates, and form a cage which itself is connected to the vertebral column and the sternum. The ribs are also attached to the intercostal muscles which are associated with breathing.

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Can anyone identify this bone...

The only bones I can think of that curve like that are phalanges supporting claws or possibly part of a rib, although these ar not normally so smoothly round, Are you sure it is a bone?

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Tue May 27, 2014 1:53 pm
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Dr. Jobe Martin Arguments

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Stomach Disconfort ??

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by djmeer
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Spine of mammalian sea creature?

... across this today, on the banks of a river close to the ocean, in Tasmania, Australia. I instantly thought it was the spine of a dolphin (with a rib still attached). However after looking at various pictures of dolphin skeletons it appears that the (blades?) on the vertebrae are a different shape ...

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by Synapse
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Topic: Spine of mammalian sea creature?
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