Where is an elephant’s bone marrow? Can you please give me some more details on elephant bones? Where does its red cells get formed in the first place?
Chris - This is a really interesting question for the simple reason, when I was in Africa, I found an elephant’s leg bone and they're like a solid piece of rock. An elephant is so heavy that it needs to have almost solid bone with no marrow cavity in the middle because the bones otherwise would not be strong enough to support the elephant’s weight. So an elephant shunts all of its blood formation up into its pelvis which is also an important place in humans too, but it means its legs are largely solid bone with virtually no marrow in them. Unlike a human, where most of our blood is made in our long bones, our femurs.
Eluan asked the Naked Scientists: Can you please give me some more detail on elephant bones... Where does the red blood cell formation take place? Is there marrow inside the bones? Where do they receive their marrow for their bones if they are solid? What do you think? Eluan, Wed, 9th Sep 2009
I think RD is trying to say that elephants bones are much the same as ours, just a tad bigger. Don_1, Thu, 10th Sep 2009
Just a Tad!!! LOL..LOL.. Karen W., Thu, 10th Sep 2009