1. The human body is made up of a head, neck, torso, two arms and two legs. The average height of an adult human is about 5 to 6 feet tall. The human body is made to stand erect, walk on two feet, use the arms to carry and lift, and has opposable thumbs (able to grasp).
600 muscles, and 22 internal organs.
3. There are many systems in the human body:
Circulatory System (heart, blood, vessels)
Respiratory System (nose, trachea, lungs)
Immune System (many types of protein, cells, organs, tissues)
Skeletal System (bones)
Excretory System (lungs, large intestine, kidneys)
Urinary System (bladder, kidneys)
Muscular System (muscles)
Endocrine System (glands)
Digestive System (mouth, esophogus, stomach, intestines)
Nervous System (brain, spinal cord, nerves)
Reproductive System (male and female reproductive organs)
4. Every square inch of the human body has about 19 million skin cells.
5. Every hour about 1 billion cells in the human body must be replaced.
6. The average human head has about 100,000 hairs.
7. The circulatory system of arteries, veins, and capillaries is about 60,000 miles long.
8. The heart beats more than 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime.
9. There are about 9,000 taste buds on the surface of the tongue, in the throat, and on the roof of the mouth.
10. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
11. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
12. You blink over 10,000,000 times a year.
13. The human brain weighs about 3 pounds.
14. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.
15. Only 10% of the population are left handed.
16. One fourth of the bones in your body are in your feet.
17. Children tend to grow faster in the spring.
18. The most sensitive finger on the human hand is the index finger.
19. More men are color-blind than women.
20. More people have brown eyes than any other color.
The skeletal system plays an important role in our bodies. It supports and protects internals such as lungs, heart, brain, kidneys, etc, but it performs some other functions too. For example, it also fixes the muscles; stores the bone marrow2, which is the source of blood formation; provides calcium for the whole body, etc.
Bones make up the “structural frame” for the human skeleton. If we had no bones, we would not be able to move, our internals would have poor protection, and they would lack blood and calcium. As you can guess, we have many bones, but do you know their exact number.
There can be two different answers to the question about how many bones are in the body, depending on whether we mean babies or adult humans.
- A newborn baby’s skeleton consists of approximately 300 – 350 bones
- An adult human body consists of 206 bones
The number of bones changes because in the process of growing some of them fuse together during first years of life. The most illustrative example of this phenomenon is the human skull. In fact, formation of bones never ends. They are constantly renewed throughout life. Several types of cells take part in this remodeling:
- Osteocytes maintain bones
- Osteoclasts destroy bones
- Osteoblasts form new bones
The table below will give you useful information about the names of different bones and their numbers.
|Names of bones||Number of Bones|
|The Axial Skeleton|
|Vertebral column (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx)||26|
|Bones of the thorax (sternum and ribs)||25|
|The Appendicular Skeleton|
|Shoulder girdles (clavicles and scapulae)||4|
|Upper limbs: arms (humerus), forearms (clavicles and scapulae), and hands (carpus, digits, and metacarpus)||60|
|Lower limbs: (femur, patella, tibia, fibula, tarsus, digits, and metatarsus)||60|
|Total: 206 bones|