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How many muscles are there in the human face? An illustration for good research and writing.

Updated on January 25, 2012

How many muscles are there in the human face?

I want to open this up. Your ideas please.

I don't know the answer, so I used a popular search engine using the phrase: there are * muscles in the human face.

The "*" is a wild-card. You can use it in searches like this. I answered my own question, but left out the facts. So I should have got a nice consistent number in place of the "*" for most of the queries.

Oops.

Don't believe everything you find on the net. I guess you have heard that before. But these results are funny in a way. Here they are. You can do the same search.

  • there are over 56 muscles in the human face
  • There are 144 muscles in the human face
  • There are over 22 individual muscles in the human face
  • There are more than ninety muscles in the human face.
  • There are at least 43 muscles in the human face
  • There are thousands of muscles in the human face
  • There are fifty-three muscles in the human face.
  • There are 52 muscles in the human face. 
  • There are 20 facial muscles in the human face ( I wonder where the non-facial facial muscles are kept... the butt perhaps? )
  • There are roughly 40 muscles in the human face
  • There are different muscles in the human face. ( No kidding! - I thought they were all the same one. )
  • There are two types of muscle in the human face.
  • There are 30 finely tuned muscles in the human face.
  • There are an awful lot of muscles in the human face. (Some more awful than others)
  • There are around 100 muscles in the human face.
  • There are 44 muscles in the human face.
  • There are 60 muscles in the human face.
  • There are more than ninety muscles in the human face.
  • There are about 19 muscle groups in the face. 
  • There are 18 different types of muscles located just in the face, neck and...
  • There are over 22 individual muscles in the human face.
  • There are 43 muscles in the human face.
  • There are many more muscles in the human face than there are to be found in that of any other living creature.

So what is going on here? It does not seem like a difficult question. The face is very familiar. We - I mean plastic surgeons and doctors and artists and many others must have counted the muscles.

I think there is a lesson here too. Check your facts.

If you are writing for the masses. Don't just blindly regurgitate the first "fact" that comes your way. Facts are supposed to be consistent and verifiable.

In this case, some answers should be qualified and still be correct. Many are wishy-washy using words like 'about' and 'at least'. This is lazy. There is also evidence in my search that many web sites simply used 'cut and paste' from one poor source to the next.

To improve your writing skills, and your research skills, and your scientific attitude, slow down a little on those 'facts' and try to find reliable sources. Use references, and if you are suspicious of the 'fact', then say so, and say why.

Here's to better "Hubbing!"

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    • Jane Bovary profile image

      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      How about this one from answers.ask.com: "There are thousands of muscles in the human face"..whaaat?

      This was a useful experinment Manna and you're right, it really does iluustrate how you must check and recheck so-called facts.

      So how many muscles ARE in the human face...? I'm still looking.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      You are so right about checking facts. When we are researching with students, we must also teach them to determine the realibilty of their sources. To kick-off the lesson, we show them a website about Tree Octopuses. Ha! Very believable.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      How clever! Awesome example, thanks for a great reminder. Check, then double check!

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      Manna in the wild 5 years ago from Australia

      Many thanks "RealHousewife"

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      The thanks belongs to you - I can see that I have a lot I can learn from you - Awesome!

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      bubba 5 years ago

      it does not prove anything though! i NEED help for my homework! please

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      bubba 5 years ago

      it does not prove anything though! i NEED help for my homework! please

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      Manna in the wild 5 years ago from Australia

      Hello bubba. What does your homework ask?

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