Despite its implications, you can accept the fact that human beings know more about space than they do about the oceans of the world. It makes sense as we are almost always in the presence of the skies, and even those who live in coastal towns near the water see the stars more often than they see waves. It just goes to show you that sometimes we fail to notice the things that are right in front of us because we are focused on things beyond our grasp.

The same idea applies to the human body in the sense that we walk around in it everyday, look at it in the mirror, and pay people a lot of money to fix it when it’s broken and keep it well maintained. However, how much do we really know about the human body?

Not much at all.

Apparently there are still new discoveries to be made within the human body. This was recently proven when a group of Belgian scientists discovered a previously unclassified ligament in the human knee. The fibrous tissue, called the anterolateral ligament, or ALL, for short, was first postulated in the late 19th century, but its’ recent discovery sheds light on the fact that we may not be as aware as we think we are of all the parts of the body. The discovery could also impact the way knee surgeries are performed in the future, as the ligament may potentially play an important role in the way our knees pivot.

Huffington Post has a (somewhat graphic) image of the ligament you can check out to sate your curiosity, and while the researchers have now only just begun their explorations of the functions of this newly named tissue, the abstract on its discovery can be read online now.

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