Extra Ribs in Humans, Some People Have Them

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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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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… Read more »
Michael Bonato

I have 13 ribs on each side, am 64 yo, does this have anything to do with Tinnitus?


I have 2 extra ribs. Didn’t find out until I was 17 and in a car accident. But I also had a twin that died at birth and they said twins tend to have this Extra rib thing. I am currently 41 can’t put my arms above my head without passing out. Oh and I have relapsing r. Multiple sclerosis. Very low blood pressure.


I was born with scoliosis and one extra rib, I am 54 years old and I am having severe right shoulder pain. I don’t remember which side the extra rib is on. I was a very small child when the extra rib was found. I remember the doctor telling my parents that I needed to have surgery, but my father would not allow it. He was too afraid of the surgery making me permanently wheelchair bound.


I was told by a doctor at the Pain Clinic I have 26 ribs. The extra ribs are often associated with Transitional Vertebrae in the spine, in my case the lumbar region. Seems to be associated with pain & spinal problems. More of a curse than anything special. Restricts my movement as my hip bangs on the extra rib in certain positions. Don’t know if it’s a growth/development thing as a child but I should have been an inch or two taller than I am.