Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Thoracic Cage

Skeletal structure of the axial skeleton that consists of the ribs, costal cartilages, sternum, and thoracic vertebrae. The thoracic cage protects the vital organs of the thorax and supports the pectoral girdle as well as serving as a site for muscle attachments for the upper limbs, shoulder, back, and chest. Aka bony thorax.

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