"The "back" or thoracic vertebrae appear in this diagram to end mid rib cage on the top, while on the bottom the ribs are still under the lumbar vertebrae (or what I look at as the loin region). "
No...which is what I was trying to say. The "bottom of the ribs" is NOT rib...it's cartilage. The portion that you're saying ends in a different section is not rib, so the rib does pretty much just come straight down...you can see the junction of cartilage in this picture too.
Posted on Jul 15, 2010, 4:30 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124