• Question: what would happen if i had no bones?

    Asked by fast1say on 10 Mar 2024.
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      Simone Girdham answered on 10 Mar 2024:

      You can live missing some of your bones, for example, your small toe. And, many people are alive who were born missing some bones; or as a result of sickness/injury lost some bones.

      But, your question is what would happen if I had no bones. My belief (and this not my area of expertise) is that you possibly would not have been born in the first place.

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      Isabelle Secord answered on 19 Mar 2024:

      If you had no bones – you would probably fall over and be very squishy! This is because your skeleton acts as a rigid structure for all your muscles and cells to climb onto! Your bones also protect your soft and delicate organs such as your brain, lungs, and heart from damage. But there are lots of examples of living organisms that do not have bones e.g plants! Plants still manage to stand upright and tall and they rely on their stems and trunks as structure. Also, some insects do not have a skeleton but a hard outer shell that is an exoskeleton!

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      Amber Villegas - Williamson answered on 12 Apr 2024:

      If we has no bones then our bodies would probably end up in a puddle and we’d be crushed under our own weight.

      This is not my area of expertise and it’s yucky just thinking about it….ewwwww

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      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 15 Apr 2024:

      Let’s imagine you are an aspiring engineer and scientist, and the developed the bone-o-matic machine to heal fractured bones, but there is a terrible accident in the lab and you accidentally remove all of your bones by mistake! ( oh no!). there are a few things that would happen:

      1. you would become very floppy and squishy, so you wouldn’t be able to stand or sit up, so you have a lay down on the floor
      2. your muscles have nothing to pull against, so you can’t move your arms or legs, and your lungs get squished if you flopped in half trying to sit up. you might need a ventilator to help you breath by blowing air into your lungs.
      3. if you had a emergency pool (just in case there was a horrible bone removal accident) in your lab, and you have a life vest on you could probably float around relativity happily with the water supporting you until the machine was fixed, a bit like a jellyfish.
      4. you would not be able to tell which way up you are in the dark, because the little bones in your ears would not be there. You also wouldn’t be able to hear or talk . And lets not think about what happens to your eyes if there don’t have a socket to sit in…..

      Overall I’d say best not to remove all of your bones at once! That being said we can remove or replace some bones, with metal rods, or 3D printed plates or even whole joints if needed. but 1 at a time!