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Scientists discover a pointless knee bone

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marsman

Humans have grown an extra bone: Scientists discover a pointless knee bone called the fabella that may be causing osteoarthritis

    Found in 39 per cent of people around the world in 2018 but has no known use
    May be a vestigial organ which has become redundant over time as we evolved  
    Was only present in 11.2 per cent of people around the world in 1918
    Improvements in nutrition made humans bigger which meant the bone - which is embedded in a tendon behind the knee - has been growing

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6939907/Scientists-discover-pointless-knee-bone-called-fabella-making-comeback.html

 

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Stiff

Fascinating. 

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MWoo7

. ..  getting to the bare bones

  . . .  How spellbindingly mesmerizing.

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pallidin

Is this growth going to become a problem?

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onlookerofmayhem

How did they come up with the statistic that only 11.2% of the population in 1918 had this bone?

Who was checking for it!?

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jmccr8

What a let down I thought we were getting our rib back.<_<

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freetoroam

So no human unicorns?

This is not as exciting as i hoped. 

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marsman
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7 hours ago, onlookerofmayhem said:

How did they come up with the statistic that only 11.2% of the population in 1918 had this bone?

Who was checking for it!?

I don't doubt the story but I worked as an X-Ray tech for over a decade, imaged thousands of knees and never saw this in any of those images.  Fascinating.

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