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1 February 2013 Genesis & the Human Ribcage: An Opportunity to Correct a Misconception & Introduce an Evolution Lesson into the Anatomy Class
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Many anatomy students begin the course with a misconception that human males and females do not have the same number of ribs. At the root of that misconception is Genesis 2:21–22, in which God removes a rib from Adam to make Eve. Removal of a body part is a surgical procedure, and one does not pass on the results of surgery to one's offspring. The prevalence of this misconception is therefore an opportunity to discuss Lamarckian inheritance in the classroom.

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Phil Senter "Genesis & the Human Ribcage: An Opportunity to Correct a Misconception & Introduce an Evolution Lesson into the Anatomy Class," The American Biology Teacher 75(2), (1 February 2013). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2013.75.2.10
Published: 1 February 2013
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