Original paper

Rib anomalies in a Neolithic period skeleton from Croatia

Šikanjić, Petra Rajić; Premužić, Zrinka; Škrivanko, Maja Krznarić

Anthropologischer Anzeiger Volume 74 No. 2 (2017), p. 123 - 130

published: Jul 1, 2017
published online: May 30, 2017
manuscript accepted: Jan 2, 2017
manuscript revision received: Dec 31, 2016
manuscript revision requested: Oct 4, 2016
manuscript received: Dec 9, 2015

DOI: 10.1127/anthranz/2017/0631

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Abstract Congenital anomalies develop during intrauterine development. They can occur in soft tissues as well as skeletal elements and vary from minor to life threatening. In this paper we present a case of an individual from the Neolithic site of Vinka, Croatia. This adult male exhibited multiple congenital anomalies on cranial and postcranial skeleton. These include several rib anomalies on the right side: hyperplasia of the third rib, bifid fourth rib and flaring of the eighth rib. Additionally, lambdoid ossicles, parastyle of the second maxillary molar and supracondylar processes of the humeri are present. In this study we put emphasis on rib anomalies, very rarely reported in archaeological settings, and compare them to clinical cases.


rib anomaliescongenital anomaliesNeolithicVinkaCroatia