6 in 60: Number 48 – Skeletons


Hello! So on a similar theme to last weeks 6 in 60 I thought we would look a little deeper at skeletons, all in just a minute, lets go:

  1. The human skeleton is made up of 206 bones.
  2. The functions of the skeleton are to provide support, give our bodies shape, provide protection to other systems and organs of the body, to provide attachments for muscles, to produce movement and to produce red blood cells.
  3. The vast majority of adults have 24 ribs (12 pairs), but about one in every 500 people has an extra rib, called a cervical rib.
  4. Each hand has 27 bones, and each foot has 26, which means that together the body’s two hands and two feet have 106 bones. That is over half the bones in an entire human skeleton.
  5. The smallest bone in the human body is the stirrup bone, the stapes, one of the 3 bones that make up your middle ear; measuring 2-3 millimeters. It is shaped like a “U.”
  6. The femur is the strongest bone in the human body. It extends from the hip to the knee.  It can resist a force of up to 1,800 to 2,500 pounds.


The first two facts come this site. The second two come from livescience and the last two come from an excellent blog called degreed.

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