Our scientific evidence for the missing rib bone seeks to dispel one of the prevailing myths of our time. Some people have incorrectly believed that since God made use of a rib from Adam to make the woman that all men have one less rib than women. We realize this is incorrect due to the fact that we can quickly count the number of ribs in men and women and see that they are the same. The number of ribs is established by the code written in our DNA. God did not alter Adam’s DNA; He merely took out just one of his ribs to use for the creation of the woman. Therefore, all men descended from Adam (and Eve) would have 12 pairs of ribs.
“But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.” – Genesis 2:20b – 22.
God selected from Adam the one and only bone in the human body that could regenerate itself. Although all bones can fix themselves, ribs can regenerate themselves.
Ribs are frequently removed in the course of surgical procedures that require bone grafts in other parts of the body. The rib is taken out from the periosteum (a tissue surrounding the bone) just like a banana would be removed from its peel while keeping the majority of the peel intact. The periosteum must remain, as it contains osteoblasts which build the brand-new rib bone. Regrowth has actually been shown to take about 3 months to be completed with the rib being at full strength.
Finally, having actually shown the scientific evidence for the missing rib bone, we should quickly ponder as to why did God create Eve out of Adam in the first place!
Theologically, it was essential for both Adam and Eve to be of one blood. This would not be the case if Eve was created from the dust of the ground, as was Adam, the animals and the birds. For Christ to be able to redeem the penalty for every person’s sin, every person needs to be of the same blood so Eve could not have been created separately from Adam. Do also take a look at our Scientific Evidence For One Human Race page.