Talk:Metatarsal bones

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Written like a medical textbook[edit]

This article could benefit from translation into more understandable English. Phrases like "ossa metatarsalia I.-V.," "presents for examination a body and two extremities," and "articular eminence continuous with the terminal articular surface" sound as if they were lifted directly from a rather advanced textbook. (Is there a template for tagging this in the article? I could not find one.) I think I can help a little bit but am pointing it out here, in case others want to take a stab at it before I get the time. Peter Chastain (talk) 17:03, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Substitute "joint" for "articulation" or explain "articulation"[edit]

Few modern English speakers know "articulation" means "joint" and this information is not readily available.

articulation The region where adjacent bones contact each other — a joint.


  1. Compound Joint: 3 or more articulation surfaces (eg. radiocarpal joint) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:13, 21 December 2009 (UTC)

"articulation" doesn't mean "joint," it means "how a joint articulates" which is to say what degrees of freedom a particular joint has. Articulation is a concept people need to understand in order to understand joints (why is a shoulder joint so different from a knuckle, because of their different articulations) but the term does need to be better explained or at least linked. Whilom (talk) 05:54, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Needs "In other animals" section[edit]

Metacarpal, ulna, radius, scapula et al have "In other animals" section but this article does not. Whilom (talk) 05:54, 1 January 2014 (UTC)


two structures are analogous when they have evolved independently a similar form related to their function. Metatarsals and metacarpals are similar because their development is control by they same processes, not because they have the same function. I think they have what it is called "serial homology". -- (talk) 19:56, 14 May 2014 (UTC)