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Discovery Of A Bone In Chimpanzee Hearts

Sturrock, Craig J.; Stanford, Kelly; Moittie, Sophie; Baiker, Kerstin; Redrobe, Sharon; Rutland, Catrin Sian


Kelly Stanford

Sophie Moittie

Kerstin Baiker

Sharon Redrobe


The os cordis (heart bone) is a rare bone found only in a few animals in the world. We discovered an os cordis in some chimpanzees. The os cordis was found in males and females, and in young and old animals. It was not present in chimps with healthy hearts, only in those with severe heart disease. We also discovered that a tissue called cartilage was present around the bone. The presence of cartilage gives us clues about how and why these rare bones develop.


Sturrock, C. J., Stanford, K., Moittie, S., Baiker, K., Redrobe, S., & Rutland, C. S. (2022). Discovery Of A Bone In Chimpanzee Hearts. Frontiers for Young Minds, 9, Article 592105.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 7, 2021
Online Publication Date Jan 4, 2022
Publication Date Jan 1, 2022
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 29, 2022
Journal Frontiers for Young Minds
Print ISSN 2296-6846
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Article Number 592105
Keywords General Materials Science
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