Just in case you forgot, we humans have a total of 206 bones in the body. There are also 6 additional bones, 3 in each ear, known as ossicles (small bones). Therefore the total sum is 212. We generally consider bone to be part of our skeletal system, but its other important functions should not be forgotten. Here we are providing you information about Bones in the Human Body.
Bones in the Human Body
- To serve as a “structural frame” for the human skeleton.
- Working with ligaments, tendons and joints to provide movement of the skeleton.
- Having an outer shell protecting our internal organs (as the skull protects the brain within it).
- To house the bone marrow, blood is the main source of formation in humans.
- To serve a source of calcium for the entire body.
Without bones, we would have no “structural framework” for our skeletons, unable to move our skeletons, our internal organs poorly protected, blood loss and low on calcium.
Building our bones is a complex process. Embryo formation begins 6 months before birth and is not generally “complete” until adolescence.
In truth, bone formation is never truly “complete”. It is constantly being destroyed and is continuing the process of building a new throughout our lifetime. Cells that participate in bone maintenance and remodeling include:
Osteocytes (bone cells) that retain bone as living tissue;
Osteoclasts (bone breakers) that destroy bone; And
Osteoblasts (bone builders) that form the supporting matrix of new bone.
Consider the final Halloween for a minute. Everywhere you looked ghosts, ghosts or bony skeletons were visible. Vampires and ghosts don’t really exist, but skeletons ensure!
Each person’s skeleton is made up of many bones. These bones give structure to your body, allow you to move in many ways, protect your internal organs, and more.
It’s time to look at all your bones – there are 206 of them in the adult human body!