Structure of a Human Skeleton

The human skeleton works as a framework for the body by supporting tissues. It also protects internal organs for our body. There are a total of 206 bones in the human body. Its main functions are to give a proper shape to your body, provide attachment for muscles and to produce red blood cells. It consists of many individual bones and cartilages.


Facts you didn’t know: –

  • Many bones fuse together as you grow. This is the reason why you are born with about 300 bones and end up with just 206.
  • The hands and feet contain over half of the body’s bones. As each hand has 27 bones and each foot has 26 bones.
  • Most adults have 24 ribs but a few people have an extra rib, called a cervical rib, just above the collarbone. It can cause health issues.
  • Ancient Egyptians were the first to develop the world’s first functional prosthetic bone.
  • The cells of human bones are susceptible to tumors and cancer as human bones are made of living, active cells.
  • Human bones are stronger than steel. The strongest bone is the femur, it is also the longest bone in our body.
  • The collagen in human bones gets replenished constantly, so every 7 years you have a new skeleton.
  • The so called ‘funny bone’ is not a bone actually. It is your ulnar nerve that runs inside your elbow.
  • Human skull consists of 22 separate bones.
  • Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become fragile and prone to fracture.
  • Your joints start to creak when cartilage wears out as it helps to cushion the joints.
  • Your teeth are part of your skeleton too. They are made of calcium and minerals like your bones but they are not as flexible as bones because they lack collagen.