Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 3 months ago

Femur bone lengthened ?

If you lengthened your femur bone (2 inches) and let it healed. Can the bone break easily or does it have the same strength as it was before? 

3 Answers

  • joe
    Lv 4
    3 months ago

    it would have the same strength as it does before. 2 inches would make no difference in regards to strength

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Why would you want to lengthen your femur(s)? It's a very painful process and 2 inches would take months.

    In general, a bone that breaks and heals will be *stronger* than it was

  • Ray
    Lv 6
    3 months ago

    It likely would not break easily but unless you also increased the radius of the femur, than it will not have the same strength, though at 2'' added length it would probably not be noticeable. 

    People with gigantism tend to have bone deterioration because while their bones are longer they are not necessarily thicker [they also have muscle issues but that's another story]. Elephants are huge but their bones are thick for this purpose, can't just be long. 


    The series Game of Thrones got appraisal from biomechanics because of their giants, who had thick elephant like column legs. They were not simply scaled up modern humans. 


    Great danes and other huge dogs tend to have bone deterioration because we bred them to be big but their bones have the same girth as their wild ancestors the wolfs, we rushed it. 

    The extinct 'bone crushing dogs' were a clade of dogs which EVOLVED to be big for millions of years, so their bones were thick and muscles strong for their frame, built like lions and tigers, not like thin boned large canids of today. 

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