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Is it true that we are born without our kneecaps?


And while we are on kneecaps, do you know that you were born without one? – Babies are born without kneecaps. Babies’ kneecaps are made up of soft cartilage (connective tissue) that hadn’t yet ossified into bones. Their “true” kneecaps don’t show up until somewhere between two and six years of age. Here’s a detailed explanation from Healthline on the question of babies and kneecaps, and why indeed they are not born with kneecaps. (By the way, babies have far more cartilage than others do in many parts of their body, and these ossify into bones only over a period of time)

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