Skeletal System


Are there differences between the male and female skeletons?

Several general differences exist between the male and female skeletons. The male skeleton is generally larger and heavier than the female skeleton. The bones of the skull are generally more graceful and less angular in the female skeleton. A female also has a wider, shorter breastbone and slimmer wrists. There are significant differences between the pelvis of a female and a male, which are related to pregnancy and childbirth. The female pelvis is wider and shallower than the male pelvis. Females have an enlarged pelvic outlet and a wider, more circular pelvic inlet. The angle between the pubic bones is much sharper in males, resulting in a more circular, narrower, almost heart-shaped pelvis.


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