Extra Ribs in Humans, Some People Have Them

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extra ribs in humans

Were you aware that there are extra ribs in humans, well at least some humans? This really is sectacular, but no need for concern if you are one of the few blessed with this additional set of ribs.

Time for a simple counting game. It’s time to count your ribs. It’s simple to do, unless you are excessively overweight that is, and it might bring a surprise to some. If you are one of the special few you would have counted 26 ribs, thirteen on each side. What’s so special about this number? Keep reading to find out.

Extra ribs in humans, how many do most people have?

If you just counted your ribs and found that you have 26 of them you are a one in five hundred event. Most people are born with 24 ribs, a dozen on each side of the rib cage. But if you have more you’re a rarity. The extra ribs in humans are known as cervical ribs, or neck ribs. They usually appear, as one of the common names suggest, near the neck. They are caused by a congenital abnormality. But if you thought that extra ribs in humans was freaky, it gets even weirder.

In some extremely rare cases a few people have been known to have 2 extra cervical ribs, for a total of 28, or 14 on each side of the chest.


If you have an extra rib we would love to hear from you below in the comments.



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  • George

    I counted & I have a extra rib, on top of Asperger’s Syndrome & ADHD Combined Type but thanks to the rewiring of my physical brain due to autism a extraordinarily rarely high IQ, tested by the Weschler Intelligence Scale so verified by MENSA, I can say living a physically violent life until 7 yrs ago I have been struck with multiple foreign objects & over approx. 100 times I only ever suffered a “split rib” while in a street fight with 16 men, me as a 16 yrs old, while being pulled towards the ground at the waist bent over when a cop showed up & from behind struck my back with a riot baton. I had in taken a large amount of Robitussin DM (in 1991 would cause hallucinations & uncontrollable behavior, my case violence) then with a dozen men striking me everywhere another cop struck behind my knees causing me to lose my feet on the ground & I was quickly over-powered, hog tied & taken to the local police department. Luckily my dad was a high ranking, well known & respected police management who with local police help convinced the 14 guys & 2 cops I hurt to not press charges. Once I was sobering up he put his cuffs on me, took me home & started chewing my ass, but all I could think of was the excruciating pain from my side to back that as I sobered up felt like a knife in me that made it hurt to breathe & move as time ticked by. I begged to go to the ER, but both parents said “deal with it” & for like 4 hours I just fought back tears. When they stopped yelling & went upstairs to sleep I needed to kill my pain so I went in my room, took LSD(acid) & listened to Pink Floyd’s The Wall laying flat on the floor not feeling any pain until it wore off & I passed out after 9 hrs until about 14-16 hrs later. Luckily my parents thought I was just too ashamed to show my face to them. I woke around 4am & tried moving but it hurt so much I used Gatorade bottles to pee in & snuck my mom’s pain pills to get to school where the nurse diagnosed me with “split rib” or where the cartilage between the ribs separates which there’s no fix, parents not letting me see a doctor I went to the library & found out that my dad’s motorcycle kidney protection adjustable vest & stealing mom’s pain pills is a improved version of what a ER would do & my friends mom worked at a hospital called me out of gym class, so my parents never saw me suffer. This extra rib though I think gave me extra armor or my split rib would’ve been a couple broken ribs or worse…a fractured vertebrae or spondylitic fractures or misaligned L5-S1 needing fusion. My homemade stability brace I learned from a orthopedic doctor friend probably saved me from severe spinal injury & MRI’s showed bone damage like a NFL player & a nerve conduction test found C-2 to C-6 with L-5 to S-1 & stenosis from trauma likely from years of street fighting coupled with extensive bodily stress from 4 years in the Marine Corps stationed in Kuwait while America didn’t know we were there on orders to attack Iraq. Since only the Marine Corps & Navy Seals with Navy medical corpsman stationed there no permission from the House was needed. It was not a joint operation & the Commondant of the Marine Corps only need answer to the Commander-In-Chief to attack or occupy foreign land. The Joint Chief of Staff is powerless to Orders from the President to the Commandant. I joined in 1995 & when I meet a Vet in a VFW & he asks how I got my National Defense Medal & Kuwaiti Service ribbon in1995-1997 I explain only the Marines were stationed as police for Kuwait, but the President on advice of Gen A.M. Gray have a full media blackout including civilian contractors or foreign press after the fiasco of Operation Desert Eagle/Desert Storm. This also gave the President truth in saying we were in peace time misleading thousands of Marines into thinking the volunteer military they joined was in peace not the selected police force of Kuwait should Sadam decide to convince Lybia &/or Iran to come over & kick our 35,000 troops asses because Saudi Arabia swore military assistance, but if you were there you know no Muslims will attack other Muslims for a judeo-christian country. The most Saudi Arabia would do is play neutral & I guarantee you secretly arm Iraq & launder them money to countries like Russia & China for jets, helos, tanks & long-range artillery guns while all of em deny it. Just like Iran will do now if Israel don’t calm down & quit trying to provoke them saying they got weapon grade nukes when Iran just wants peace while the right to have the technology we, China, UK, France the EU total & they want a seat at the UN, without being treated like the criminal in a room full of corruption we accept cause those corrupt nations saying democracy have corruption we don’t see or hear because we get privatized “media” that feeds us our info…like “ISIS” or “ISIL” 1st that’s what America news named it, 2nd if they’re recruiting in such big numbers how did the NSA, CIA or our reconnaissance or allies special forces like the Moussad or Mi6 not see these troops building up years ago? Easy, we called them Syrian rebels until the leader of Syria followed Israel and American orders so we need to keep the oil coming in & American people won’t vote for politicians keeping troops & profits flowing in the middle east knowing this was a Bush retaliation over oil started back when Bush Sr & Sadam got along because they were all part of OPEC when Sadam told America mind it’s business & Bush Sr got in office in went the Marines then Clinton backed us up Bush Jr got in & finished daddy’s job. Once America saw the money roll in & through OPEC Saudi Arabia got their share wasn’t nobody in the way…so then Israel decided if America can do it so can we so they attacked ravaged, poverty stricken Palestine. The only reason all Palestinian people haven’t fled is they got nothing, no where to go & nobody else will give them any more refugee status because surrounding nations took as many as they could & these other nations have their own problems & Israel has threatened privately that if a country takes them in they considered it to be hiding war criminals & Israel will send military to get them to intimidate smaller, weaker countries from facing the brutality of the Israeli military backed by US supplies.