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Female pelvis, coloured 3-D computed tomography (CT) scan. The upper part of each thigh bone (femur) is seen at each side of the pelvis, where they form the hip joints. The spine runs down centre, terminating in the coccyx (tail bone) at lower centre. Major blood vessels are also seen, separating at top centre and running down each leg. The female pelvis is wider and shallower than the male, which facilitates childbirth.
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