What's the dry weight of my skeleton?
January 19, 2012 6:41 AM Subscribe
Help me calculate: if my dead body were placed in an ossuary, how much would my skeleton weigh when pretty much fully dessicated?
posted by Mngo to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have no background in medicine, anatomy or anthropology. If you do, can you help me do better than just applying the wildly varying percentages that searching the net gives me? That's only narrowed it down to between 12 and 20%, which is not close enough.
Details: white US male, 46. Height: 5'8" Weight 175. Decent diet with plenty of calcium. History of load-bearing exercise including marathon running. No family history of severe bone loss, etc. I have had one stress fracture in my foot from over-training.
Obviously I'm "overweight" by most standards, so I obviously need to account for that somewhat, even if I settled for some standard percentage to apply to total weight.
And, for emphasis, I'm not talking about the weight of my freshly-dead skeleton, but for my dry old bones.