3D Skeletal System: 7 Interesting Facts about the Thoracic Cage
Posted on 3/7/13 by Courtney Smith
We spend a lot of time kicking around the office, discussing anatomy and fighting about which structures are the coolest. We all know how I feel about the pelvic girdle, but the thoracic cage comes in at a close second.
The thoracic cage is an interesting structure designed to protect some of the most important organs in your body. Keep reading to find out just how the thoracic cage is structured to make you keep on keepin' on!
Did you know? The thoracic cage is part of the axial skeleton, which also includes the laryngeal skeleton, vertebral column, and skull!
1. The thoracic cage is conical in shape—narrow above and broad below. This is what helps give your upper body shape.
6. The 12 ribs that form the cage are uniquely shaped. Most have a head (articulates with the bodies of the vertebrae), a neck (flattened section of bone), and a shaft (serves as the attachment site for several muscles).