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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Body Appreciation: Foramen Magnum

For those saying, Wuzzat? do be aware that in honor of yesterday being Darwin Day, today's Body Appreciation is dedicated to one of the awesome things about the human skeleton which allows us to practice habitual bipedalism: the foramen magnum! That's the place where the spine meets the skull. See, in other apes, the spine enters the skull at a very different angle than ours, which--in combination with other aspects of their skeletons--doesn't allow them to move about in an upright position for very long. Behold:

Live long and prosper, foramen magna of Homo sapiens! I love you because I love walking. In fact, I'm about to get off my blogger ass and have a walk in our lovely cold sunshine.

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