In Season 8, Episode 9 of Futurama, called "Fry Am the Egg Man", Leela says that she has 205 bones in her body. A normal human has 206 (at adulthood), so what bone is Leela missing?

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    I sort of remember a gag about her not having a sense of humor and hence missing a funny bone. but I could be misremembering. I can't find corroboration at the moment, maybe it will jog someone elses memory. Feb 21, 2016 at 5:29
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    The inner orbital wall of each eye socket?
    – Wad Cheber
    Feb 21, 2016 at 5:36
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    There's the problem that Futurama's humans only have four fingers, so they should have fewer bones than current humans, meaning Leela actually has more bones than regular humans in Futurama's reality, right?
    – BCdotWEB
    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:44
  • ^^ Oh no, you're totally right! Good catch!
    – cduston
    Feb 21, 2016 at 23:46
  • Man there are so many joke answers to this question I can't believe this isn't protected. Feb 23, 2016 at 19:14

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We can see from the image below (from season 6) that Leela's skeleton is completely normal from the neck down. That would strongly imply that the bone that she's missing is within her skull or upper neck.

Presumably she's missing her nasal bone, since that would conflict with her big centrally-located eye.

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  • But she does have a nose.
    – BCdotWEB
    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:39
  • @BCdotWEB - Attached by a skin-flap, I think we can assume, or otherwise integrated into the maxilla plate. Note that it's much lower down her face than a normal nose
    – Valorum
    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:45

As Valorum shows, her skeleton from the neck down appears normal. Indeed, the most significant difference between her ("the least-mutated mutant ever born") and a normal person is her one huge eye, suggesting that the one missing bone is part of her facial skeleton.

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Since the facial bones are in pairs, the one she is missing is likely an unpaired one, specifically the vomer, which makes sense given the size of her eye and the space it would occupy in her skull.

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