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Livingstone's Humerus Fracture


A Fellow of the Royal College, David Livingstone was a medical missionary in Southern Africa during the 1800s. He was notoriously attacked by a lion and the mysterious anatomy of his fractured arm still puzzles people today!

In this animation we compare the anatomy of a regular humerus to that of Livingstone's after it healed.

Livingstone's Humerus Fracture


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“Livingstone's Humerus Fracture,” Heritage, accessed January 18, 2022,