The sermon this morning was on “Marriage and Adam’s Missing Rib,” which got me thinking about the fringe factoid that’s floating around out there, that says that males of the species homo sapiens are missing a pair of ribs. (And while I was researching this just now, I ran across this very interesting explanation of how men and women can have the same numbers of ribs and Genesis can still be true–evidently your ribs can grow back.)
Anyway, here’s only one of many websites that have this factoid posted.
So, my question is, does anybody know where this particular factoid came from, or when it first appeared? Is there some plausible taxonomic reason why someone looking at a skeleton would come to the conclusion that it was missing ribs?
Also, none of the several websites that I looked at that have the above document posted have any kind of attribution. Does anybody know who wrote it? Is it part of an established doctrine somewhere? I’m not familiar with it.
(P.S. I checked the Column Archives and it doesn’t look like Cecil has addressed this subject. I guess some things are too fringe even for him.)