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Human skeleton. Historical artwork of a human skeleton holding an hourglass. The 206 bones of the skeleton provide protection and support to the body. The ribs of the chest (upper right) enclose the heart and lungs. The pelvis protects (centre right) the lower abdominal organs. The flexible backbone runs from the skull to the pelvis and protects the spinal cord. The bones of the arms and legs articulate to provide locomotion. Hourglasses are used to measure time. It may symbolise ageing or death. This artwork is by Felix Platter and was published in 1583.
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