This tag is for questions about the general anatomical features of human beings as opposed to the anatomy of non-human animals.

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What is the evolutionary purpose of the topology of the human ear?

What is the evolutionary purpose of the topology of human ears? I understand why the ears may have a funnel-like shape but if the various "hills and valleys" do not amplify incoming sound, what ...
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Do people that don't feel pain shiver in the cold?

There are a few diseases that cause an insensitivity to pain. This question asks about the relationship between the cold and pain, which got me thinking: Is shivering a response driven by the ...
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How do duplicate brain regions (ex: left/right amygdaloid body) operate together?

I frequently hear talk about parts of the brain like "Amygdala" or "Hypothalamus", so I looked them up in an app called "essential anatomy". What I see is that there's mirror symmetry, and most of ...
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Bad Eyesight and Evolution

Why do many humans have bad eyesight, such as near-sightedness, which hampers performance in a wide variety of tasks? Shouldn't there be evolutionary pressure towards better eyesight?
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Why do we have to exhale (or inhale) in order to speak?

Every time we speak, sing, or make any other kind of advanced noise with our throats, we exhale, or to put it that way, blow air through our throats. Why is this required? After all, speakers do not ...
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Why do humans have only two nipples?

If other animals have more than 2 nipples, then why do humans have only 2 nipples? Even my pet dog has more than 2 nipples.
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Why do we have two of some organs, but not all?

We have two eyes, but we don't have two hearts. Why do humans have two of some organs, but not all?
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What is the evolutionary cause for various finger lengths?

Why are the lengths the way they are with middle finger the longest?
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How to maximize lung oxygen intake?

What method of breathing provides a sudden surge of oxygen into the lungs filling it as full as possible in volume and density. Deep breaths? Shallow breaths? Breaths taken while bent over? Deep ...
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What is the standard deviation of adult human heights within sexes?

The wikipedia article on human height reports mean height for many different countries by sex but it does not report standard deviations. What is the standard deviation of adult human heights within ...
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Is it possible to move your arms above your head when handcuffed in the back?

This move was seen in Pitch Black and i wonder if it is possible at all. Say you are handcuffed to a pole, hands in the back, and the pôle is a little higher than your head. You just want to do a ...
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Do human visual functions degenerate due to genetic factors or by external factors?

Does eyesight primarily deteriorate 'naturally' due to genetics (genomic/epigenomic factors), or due to external factors such as normal wear and tear, or disease? By normal wear and tear I include ...
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Do adipose cells divide in adults?

I have a dim recollection of having heard that when humans gain weight, adipose cells just get larger, rather than dividing. True?
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Mechanism of Tear Gas (chloropicrin/Trichloro methane)

Tear gas (CCl3NO2) makes people cry, and crying doesn't seem to be a simple procedure. There has to be a triggering process somewhere. Can someone explain its mechanism / how it works?
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SPINAL CORD: Do the axons from white matter synapse with the cell bodies in grey matter?

After wading through a sea of information, I understand the main differences between the white matter and grey matter of the spinal cord. I know that white matter contains myelinated axons in the ...
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Names of nerves in hands, shins and face

I am looking for the names of the nerves in 3 specific locations of the human body: The nerve running along the "top" (opposite side of the palm) portion of the thumb, from knuckle to fingernail ...
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What are typical values for bone mass in humans?

I wonder what are typical bone mass values for adult males and females? And do they change significantly with workout and diet?
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What does it mean to have different “metabolism”?

We hear talk of different body types, and that it is more difficult for certain people to lose weight than others. On the other hand, when my physician recommends that I lose weight, they say that it ...
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Is there a way to measure ATP usage in the brain similarly to fMRI?

Is there a way to measure ATP usage in the brain (or anywhere else) similarly to how fMRI works (measuring changes in iron resonance in oxygenated/deoxygenated blood)? Is there some sort of similar ...
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How far into a pregnancy is it before visible signs of it is apparent and risk of physical trauma increases

I'm doing research for a series I'm writing. in it the main character is pregnant however goes off to fight a criminal organization who have been killing her friends and i want her appearance to show ...
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How do muscle relaxants work?

Do they act directly on the muscle and actually relax muscle tissue and ease spasms, or do they just prevent your brain from receiving signals that inform you of tight muscles? In the latter case, ...
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How are arms different than legs?

Ok, this is a bit of a tangent question, but it came up yesterday and I didn't know the answer: How are arms and legs defined physiologically? For example, we say humans have two arms and two legs, ...
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Why do I breathe out of BOTH nostrils?

After reading the question why do I only breathe out of one nostril I realized that breathing out of both isn't common. I have always breathed out of both, and when I get a stuffy nose, or a runny ...
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Could humans theoretically see infrared better than regular light?

I have noticed that in infrared film, people's eyes reflect that light within their eyes much like nocturnal animals (and many other animals for that matter) do with regular light. I know that this is ...
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Why does the apex of the human heart usually point to the left?

In the majority of human beings, the apex of the heart (left ventricle) points towards the left side of the body. Sometimes however (approx. 1/12000 births), a person is born with a condition known ...
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Cucumber on the eyes

In many spas and salons I have seen people place a cold cucumber on their eyes. I think this might be for coolness, but why a cucumber? And Is it actually for coolness or for something else (like ...
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Why are fingerprints different even in identical twins? [duplicate]

Why are fingerprints different from person to person? It can't be genetics. Even identical twins has different sets of fingerprints. What is the deciding factor that form and shape our fingerprints?
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Average dimensions of the adult human back

I am wondering if anyone can point me to (a scientific source that provides) the estimates of the dimensions of the human back? I am specifically interested in the dimensions (length * width, or ...
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Human female chest model or data representation?

I am looking for professionally used representation of female chest (I know how it sounds ;). Generally - a model comprehensive enough to effectively represent human chest, with focus on breasts. ...
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Is there a stem cell/ biogel method exist for muscle and tendon lengthening?

Is there a stem cell/ biogel method exist for muscle and tendon lengthening? It is known that height surgery is limit to six inches with two surgeries and three inches each, it is also true that ...
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Why does the sweat of children not smell like adults?

My kids sweat plenty in this hot heat, but they don't smell afterward. I on the other hand need all kinds of deodorant. Why doesn't kid sweat smell?
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Which blood vessel carries the most impure blood?

There is a question in my Biology textbook: "Which blood vessel in the human body carries most impure blood after few hours of meal." The answer is given as Renal artery. But I think the ...
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Why can't people talk while inhaling?

Why do we have to exhale in order to talk? From looking on Wikipedia, it seems like it has something to do with the glottis, but I'm not clear on the mechanism that makes speech sound so different ...
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How small does a nanobot have to be to “swim through the brain” and access any neuron it wants to?

I read on this question What is in the space between neurons in a brain? that there is actually not much empty space in a brain. But my question is slightly different. Is there a visual demonstration ...
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Difference between flexion and contraction?

i asked this to my anatomy teacher and he said there is no difference but when it comes to specialy in body building when you say to flex their bicep they freeze their upper limb in order to do that ...
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Mechanical cause of loss of consciousness

Consciousness is an electrical and chemical interaction in the brain, caused by neurons firing and chemical interactions. How does a mechanical "force" cause this to stop working? i.e. How does a ...
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I'm 20. Can I still grow taller? [closed]

I'm 20, in about 6 months I turn 21. For some time I've been wondering whether there are natural, non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical ways that humans can continue to grow after reaching adulthood. ...
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What happens to our umbilical cord internally as we age?

I was always curious as to if or how much of the internal structure or workings of the umbilical cord are still in existence as we age. What happens to it over time? The wikipedia article naval ...
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Difference between Appendix and the Cecum?

What's the difference between an appendix and a cecum, and what are their functions?
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Biology Analogy

In my book are given several paired analogies with me being asked to give reason for them. I could solve all of them except this: liver = thrifty house-keeper I mean, I do not understand why the ...
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Scrotal temperature and vascularization

The testes (at least in human males) are vascular organs, the vascularization extending even o the interstitial spaces of the seminiferous tubules. The function of the scrotal sac, is to isolate the ...
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How do cells figure out the big-picture shape?

I'm wondering what makes cells to divide (and stop) in such a way that they make our hands the shape that our hands are...
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Why do genitals feel frozen when freefalling?

I don't want to add much more about that. Since childhood I noticed a chilling effect, even when doing rollercoaster-type activities.
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Circulation through the liver in light of drug metabolism

I have a lingering question which stems from an answer that I gave to What hydrolyses aspirin within the digestive tract and blood stream? When a drug or any other substance is absorbed into the ...
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Can an upper forearm amputee correctly control the Median and Ulnar nerves

I'm an engineer who is looking to build a robotic hand for people without their upper forearm(from center of forearm in direction of hand), controlled by the Thalmic Myo(an EMG sensor). I am first ...
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Relieving pain by massage

How come the pain in our body, primarily due to excessive physical exercises, vanishes after having a massage? What is the mechanism?
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Function of the Auricle in heart

What is the function of the auricles (conical appendages through the atria) present in the heart? Do they have any other function than increasing the volume of blood the heart can hold?
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Development of vitreous humor

I have tried reading about development of vitreous humor but it is all very confusing. When does it first developed ? Does it renew itself ? Please provide reliable sources..
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Do people of the same height walk at the same speed?

I'm working on a project that concerns movement and the human body. Before I begin to experiment, I need an answer to a question I'm sure has an answer, but doesn't Google well. What I need to know ...
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Is it possible to still grow taller after grow plates have been closed?

In addition, when do we know we stop growing taller? Or we keep growing taller? To the first question: Recently, I went to a doctor to have a check up, he said that my growth plates are closed and ...