There are 12 pairs of ribs in the human body, for a total of 24 ribs. These bones help you breathe and protect vital organs such as the heart and the lungs.
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The human body has 12 pairs of ribs. The bottom two pairs are called floating ribs, because they do not connect to the sternum. The ribs protect the lungs and heart. You can find more information here: biology.clc.uc.edu