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How many bones are in the human body?

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Posted October 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM via web

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How many bones are in the human body?

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mrbakertheteacher | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted November 3, 2011 at 9:37 PM (Answer #1)

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An adult human skeleton consists of 206 bones.

These include:

- 22 Cranial and Facial Bones

- 6 Ear Bones

- 1 Throat Bone

- 4 Shoulder Bones

- 25 Chest Bones

- 26 Vertebral Bones

- 6 Arm and Forearm bones

- 54 Hand Bones

- 2 Pelvic Bones

- 8 Leg Bones

- 52 Foot Bones

 

 

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pinkyaaby | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted November 30, 2011 at 5:32 AM (Answer #2)

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206

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kaiserfire23 | Student , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted December 7, 2011 at 8:24 AM (Answer #5)

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At the stage when you stop growing, it is 206.

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rock-star790 | Student , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:20 AM (Answer #6)

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Its 306 for a baby, but as the body matures- the bones fuse together to form around 208 bones.

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Posted October 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM (Answer #4)

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Humans are born with about 300 to 350 bones. Many of these bones fuse together between birth and maturity to produce an average adult total of 208 bones. The number of bones in the human body varies according to the counting method used. While some methods consider a given structure to be a single bone with multiple parts, others consider the same structure to be multiple bones.

Location Number Skull 22 Ears (pair) 6 Vertebrae 26 Vertebral ribs 24 Sternum 3 Throat 1 Pectoral girdle 4 Arms (pair) 60 Hip bones 2 Legs (pair) 60 Total 208

Sources: Brandreth, Gyles. Your Vital Statistics, p. 14; Solomon, Eldra Pearl, and Gloria A. Phillips. Understanding Human Anatomy and Physiology, pp. 77-80.

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saa6786 | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted December 13, 2011 at 6:43 AM (Answer #7)

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206.

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louie67 | Honors

Posted January 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM (Answer #8)

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206 is the generally accepted # of bones. Although their are idiosynchratic instances of more or less.

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karlwinn | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted February 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM (Answer #9)

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The adult human body has 206 bones. An infant may have from 300-350 bones at birth. Some of these fuse together as the infant grows. When some bones fuse and become one bone (most obvious examples are in the skull, sacrum and hip bones) the number of overall bones drops to the 206 bones that most adults have.

Of the 206 bones in the adult human body, more than half (106) are in the hands and feet. The adult skeleton consists of the following bones:

  • 28 skull bones (8 cranial, 14 facial, and 6 ear bones)
  • The horseshoe-shaped hyoid bone of the neck which is the only bone that does not articulate (connect via a joint) to another bone
  • 26 vertebrae (7 cervical or neck; 12 thoracic; 5 lumbar or loins; the sacrum, which is five fused vertebrae; and the coccyx, which is four fused vertebrae)
  • 24 ribs plus the sternum or breastbone; the shoulder girdle (2 clavicles, the most frequently fractured bones in the body, and 2 scapulae)
  • the pelvic bones (3 fused bones called the coxal bone, or Os Coxae)
  • 30 bones in each of the arms and legs (a total of 120)
  • a few partial bones, ranging from 8-18 in number, which are related to joints


There are individual variations: for example, some people are born with an extra rib or lumbar vertebra and not everyone has Inca (sutural) bones.

Some interesting facts:

  • The hand has 27 bones, the foot has 26 and the face has 14. 

  • The longest bone in your body, the femur (thigh bone), is about 1/4 of your height. The smallest is the stapes (or stirrup) in the ear which is about 1/10 of an inch. 

  • Humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks. 

  • Most of the bones in the body are in the hands and feet. 

  • The human body consists 206 bones for adults, but for infants there are 270.



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rockonhunter | Student | Honors

Posted December 15, 2011 at 7:20 AM (Answer #11)

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206 and about 300 as a baby

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mangun158 | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted December 19, 2011 at 12:41 AM (Answer #12)

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206 :)

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leandraberchman | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 1, 2012 at 12:48 AM (Answer #13)

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206 bones are present in a human body

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komal786 | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted December 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM (Answer #15)

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a human body is made up of 206 bones

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donydera | Student , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted December 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM (Answer #16)

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There are a total of 206 bones in a human body. Infants have them even more, about 300-350 of them.

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noobcakes4603 | Student , Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted January 8, 2012 at 1:42 PM (Answer #17)

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the human body is comprised of 206 bones

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surgeon-arun | College Teacher | Honors

Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM (Answer #18)

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206 in a fully grown adult.

 

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fieryangel | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted January 22, 2012 at 4:14 PM (Answer #19)

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There are 206 bones in an adult human body and around 300-350 bones in a baby.

Did you know that by the age of 20, a person has 98% of his bone mass? Also, adult human bones account for 14% of the entire body's weight.

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sathyaece | College Teacher | Honors

Posted January 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM (Answer #20)

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206 bones are present in human body

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simran97 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM (Answer #21)

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206

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kavya-kammana | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 1, 2012 at 11:40 PM (Answer #23)

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206........

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ashleyblowes | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM (Answer #24)

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An adult human skeleton consists of 206 bones.

These include:

- 22 Cranial and Facial Bones

- 6 Ear Bones

- 1 Throat Bone

- 4 Shoulder Bones

- 25 Chest Bones

- 26 Vertebral Bones

- 6 Arm and Forearm bones

- 54 Hand Bones

- 2 Pelvic Bones

- 8 Leg Bones

- 52 Foot Bones

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sargam21 | Student , Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted December 17, 2011 at 6:12 PM (Answer #26)

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206 Bones in Adult and about 300 bones in an Infant.

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sheelask | Honors

Posted January 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM (Answer #28)

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An adult human has 206 bones.

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anveshanushka | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 7, 2012 at 10:07 PM (Answer #29)

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208 bones finally.....:)

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bloom25 | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 11, 2012 at 2:29 PM (Answer #30)

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206-in a n adult

300-in infants

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bessnaka | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 20, 2012 at 6:20 AM (Answer #31)

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There are 206 bones in adults.

However, in infants and childrens there are many more but as they grow their bones fuse together, hense decreasing the number of bones over  maturation.   Babies have over 300 bones.  For example in a young child's cranium there are "floating plates" which are held together by muscle and cranial sutures.  As they mature, the sutures fuse together.  In an old person the plates no longer "float" but are totally fused together and one can only see the zig zag lines on the surface of an old person's skull.

Another example of bones fusing together are long bones such as the femur or humerus bones.  The epiphysis or ends of the bones are fairly solid bone in a child and the diaphysis (shaft) have not yet fused to the epiphysis.  Long bones stop growing in puberty.

A fetus is made up of cartilage and therefore it is difficult to determine the exact number of bones.  Hence babies are more cartilage than bone.  The process of converting cartilage to bone is called ossification.

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gyaneshanand | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM (Answer #32)

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the Infants have 300-350 bones which articulate in process of maturation and finally we have 206 bones as adults.
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alilion | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM (Answer #33)

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206

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zeeshankamal007 | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted March 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM (Answer #34)

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There are 206 bones in the human body...

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twinkle96 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted March 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM (Answer #35)

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206 bone in an adult.

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mrwater18 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM (Answer #36)

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An adult human skeleton consists of 206 bones.

These include:

- 22 Cranial and Facial Bones

- 6 Ear Bones

- 1 Throat Bone

- 4 Shoulder Bones

- 25 Chest Bones

- 26 Vertebral Bones

- 6 Arm and Forearm bones

- 54 Hand Bones

- 2 Pelvic Bones

- 8 Leg Bones

- 52 Foot Bones

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rishikadey | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted January 9, 2012 at 12:39 AM (Answer #27)

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Sorry 206.

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jennifer881997 | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted March 9, 2012 at 1:21 AM (Answer #39)

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there are 206 bones in an adult human being.

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gooz101 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 20, 2012 at 2:29 AM (Answer #41)

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206 as an adult, many more as a baby which fuse together as one grows.

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wser12 | Student | eNoter

Posted March 27, 2012 at 9:58 AM (Answer #42)

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206

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waimoe | Student | eNoter

Posted March 27, 2012 at 11:28 PM (Answer #43)

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The adult human body has 206 bones. Of the 206 bones in the adult human body, more than half (106) are in the hands and feet. The adult skeleton consists of the following bones:

  • 28 skull bones (8 cranial, 14 facial, and 6 ear bones)
  • The horseshoe-shaped hyoid bone of the neck which is the only bone that does not articulate (connect via a joint) to another bone
  • 26 vertebrae (7 cervical or neck; 12 thoracic; 5 lumbar or loins; the sacrum, which is five fused vertebrae; and the coccyx, which is four fused vertebrae)
  • 24 ribs plus the sternum or breastbone; the shoulder girdle (2 clavicles, the most frequently fractured bones in the body, and 2 scapulae)
  • the pelvic bones (3 fused bones called the coxal bone, or Os Coxae)
  • 30 bones in each of the arms and legs (a total of 120)
  • a few partial bones, ranging from 8-18 in number, which are related to joints

However, there are individual variations: for example, some people are born with an extra rib or lumbar vertebra and not everyone has Inca (sutural) bones.

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elekzy | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM (Answer #44)

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Despite all the answers, i can't believe the correct answer is 206. I feel the best answer is

" The human body has 'about' 206 bones!"

                                                           ~ Elekzy

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donydera | Student , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted December 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM (Answer #46)

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There are a toatal of 206 bones in the human body. Infants have them even more, near about 500 of them.

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tatamall | Honors

Posted January 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM (Answer #47)

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206 bones

i was a nurse one years ago

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iqbal003 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM (Answer #48)

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bones r 360

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jphanuels | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM (Answer #50)

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206

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arzone | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted February 11, 2012 at 7:13 AM (Answer #51)

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At birth human body has about 350 bones, but by the time adulthood rolls around some of our bones have fused together to give us a total of 206 bones in our body.

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lailarocks159 | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted February 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM (Answer #52)

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206 :) ♥♥♥

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marycordesman | Honors

Posted February 16, 2012 at 1:33 AM (Answer #54)

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There are 206 bones in the human skeleton.  22 Cranial and Facial bones, 6 Ear bones, 1 throat bone, 4 shoulder bones, 25 chest bones, 26 Vertebral bones, 6  Arm and Forearm bones, 54 Hand bones, 2 pelvic bones, 8 Leg bones, 52 Foot bones.

My gosh we have so many bones.  The most bones are in the Cranial Facial and Foot region.

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babyfayce | eNoter

Posted February 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM (Answer #55)

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agreed ^^^ :P

206

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sshabneez | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted March 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM (Answer #56)

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206 bones

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twinkysweet30 | Student , Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted March 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM (Answer #57)

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206

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reinejason | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted March 13, 2012 at 4:20 AM (Answer #58)

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206 bones in the body, some books say 207 as there is a bone in your throat that is not attached to anything and is completely covered by cartlidge, it has no known function yet.

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abhi4307 | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 16, 2012 at 7:18 PM (Answer #59)

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There are 206 Bones in our body
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patelmilia98 | Student , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted March 17, 2012 at 5:34 AM (Answer #60)

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206 bones but as you get older you have more bones

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zaraqkhan142 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 17, 2012 at 7:34 AM (Answer #61)

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206

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superchampion | Student | eNoter

Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM (Answer #62)

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206

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abhi4307 | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM (Answer #63)

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THERE ARE 206 BONES IN OUR HUMAN BODY
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sayanmitra | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM (Answer #64)

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The Adult Human Skeleton Consists of 206 Bones.

22 Cranial and Facial Bones, 6 Ear Bones, 1 Throat Bone, 4 Shoulder Bones, 25 Chest Bones, 26 Vertebral Bones, 6 Arm and Forearm bones, 54 Hand Bones, 2 Pelvic Bones, 8 Leg Bones, 52 Foot Bones

 

You might also want to click this link on Wikipedia for a better understanding: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bones_of_the_human_skeleton

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shuhaib | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted March 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM (Answer #65)

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It matters of how old you are. Your bones are always growing, and every seven years one of it's growing stages are complete. But it stops growing at a sudden time.. While the adult skeleton contains 206 bones, the skeleton of an infant contains 350 (the bones fuse together as you grow). And more than half of your 206 bones are found in your hands and feet.

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abhi4307 | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM (Answer #66)

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There are 206 bones in the human body

 

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anissa16 | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted December 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM (Answer #68)

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The answer is 206

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aaana | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted January 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM (Answer #69)

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In infants the number is about 350,which reduces to 206 in adults.

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zeeshankamal007 | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted January 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM (Answer #70)

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There are 206 bones in The Human body

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jerceeg | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:30 AM (Answer #72)

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206 in a fully grown human and 300 in a baby

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arabinda | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM (Answer #73)

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206 bones

 

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gradegrumber | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 16, 2012 at 6:29 AM (Answer #74)

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There is a total of 206 bones in the human body and of course, this includes the limbs and head.

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s-s-a | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM (Answer #75)

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206 in adult

and

300 in babies

 

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bishalnaskar | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM (Answer #76)

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An infant may have from 300-350 bones at birth. Some of these fuse together as the infant grows. When some bones fuse and become one bone

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x-sumit-x | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted February 28, 2012 at 6:38 AM (Answer #77)

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206 as an adult and 300 as a baby

 

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beancounters | Student , Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted March 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM (Answer #78)

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There are 206 bones in the human adult body.

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted March 19, 2012 at 12:53 AM (Answer #79)

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206 bones,,,

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vishnuip | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted March 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM (Answer #80)

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The adult human body has 206 bones . An infant may have from 300-350 bones at birth.

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mudkipzarecool | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted April 2, 2012 at 2:51 AM (Answer #81)

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206 

O_o

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malakxavi | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:48 PM (Answer #82)

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206 bones...    but some people also consider PATELA also as a bone,, then it becomes 208

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Posted April 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM (Answer #83)

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The adult human body has 206 bones. An infant may have from 300-350 bones at birth. Some of these fuse together as the infant grows. When some bones fuse and become one bone (most obvious examples are in the skull, sacrum and hip bones) the number of overall bones drops to the 206 bones that most adults have.

Of the 206 bones in the adult human body, more than half (106) are in the hands and feet. The adult skeleton consists of the following bones:
28 skull bones (8 cranial, 14 facial, and 6 ear bones)
The horseshoe-shaped hyoid bone of the neck which is the only bone that does not articulate (connect via a joint) to another bone

26 vertebrae (7 cervical or neck; 12 thoracic; 5 lumbar or loins; the sacrum, which is five fused vertebrae; and the coccyx, which is four fused vertebrae)
24 ribs plus the sternum or breastbone; the shoulder girdle (2 clavicles, the most frequently fractured bones in the body, and 2 scapulae)
the pelvic bones (3 fused bones called the coxal bone, or Os Coxae)
30 bones in each of the arms and legs (a total of 120)
a few partial bones, ranging from 8-18 in number, which are related to joints

 

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ajprincess | Student , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted February 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM (Answer #87)

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There are 206 bones in a human body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted February 12, 2012 at 8:11 AM (Answer #88)

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An adult human skeleton consists of 206 bones.

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bishalnaskar | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM (Answer #89)

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IN AN ADULT 206!!

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Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM (Answer #90)

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206

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Posted March 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM (Answer #91)

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206

 

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Posted March 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM (Answer #92)

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there are 206 bones in our body

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tubee | Student , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted April 29, 2013 at 7:54 AM (Answer #159)

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An adult human skeleton consists of 206 bones.

These include:

- 22 Cranial and Facial Bones

- 6 Ear Bones

- 1 Throat Bone

- 4 Shoulder Bones

- 25 Chest Bones

- 26 Vertebral Bones

- 6 Arm and Forearm bones

- 54 Hand Bones

- 2 Pelvic Bones

- 8 Leg Bones

- 52 Foot Bones

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dtc10106 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 9, 2011 at 8:44 PM (Answer #94)

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There are 206 bones in an normal adult skeleton and about 300 in an infants.  The difference comes from the fact the some bones fuse over time into a single bone.  For example, an infants paired frontal, periatal, and occipital plates fuse to create single skull.

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suvetha | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted March 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM (Answer #97)

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206

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sureshhooda786 | Student | eNoter

Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM (Answer #98)

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206,DEFINETELY

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azzyj | Student , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM (Answer #99)

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206 bones, but many more in a newborn baby (over 300)

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tcarter1234 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM (Answer #100)

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206

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kushshah | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted April 17, 2012 at 2:58 PM (Answer #120)

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The adult human body has 206 bones. An infant may have from 300-350 bones at birth. Some of these fuse together as the infant grows. When some bones fuse and become one bone (most obvious examples are in the skull, sacrum and hip bones) the number of overall bones drops to the 206 bones that most adults have. Of the 206 bones in the adult human body, more than half (106) are in the hands and feet. The adult skeleton consists of the following bones: 28 skull bones (8 cranial, 14 facial, and 6 ear bones) The horseshoe-shaped hyoid bone of the neck which is the only bone that does not articulate (connect via a joint) to another bone 26 vertebrae (7 cervical or neck; 12 thoracic; 5 lumbar or loins; the sacrum, which is five fused vertebrae; and the coccyx, which is four fused vertebrae) 24 ribs plus the sternum or breastbone; the shoulder girdle (2 clavicles, the most frequently fractured bones in the body, and 2 scapulae) the pelvic bones (3 fused bones called the coxal bone, or Os Coxae) 30 bones in each of the arms and legs (a total of 120) a few partial bones, ranging from 8-18 in number, which are related to joints There are individual variations: for example, some people are born with an extra rib or lumbar vertebra and not everyone has Inca (sutural) bones. Some interesting facts: The hand has 27 bones, the foot has 26 and the face has 14. The longest bone in your body, the femur (thigh bone), is about 1/4 of your height. The smallest is the stapes (or stirrup) in the ear which is about 1/10 of an inch. Humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks. Most of the bones in the body are in the hands and feet. The human body consists 206 bones for adults, but for infants there are 270.

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katniss25 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM (Answer #123)

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There are 206 bones in the human body. But their are 300 bones in a babies body.

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anilkumar619 | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted April 23, 2012 at 2:05 AM (Answer #124)

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in human body there are 206 bones, and 300 bones are in the small baby..........

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thisuserhasmadeabadusername | Student , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted April 24, 2012 at 1:06 AM (Answer #125)

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206 = adult

300-350 = baby

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ayush17 | Student | Salutatorian

Posted April 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM (Answer #126)

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there are 206 bones in our body

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ayush17 | Student | Salutatorian

Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:14 AM (Answer #127)

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206 bones 

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albi123 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 29, 2012 at 3:28 AM (Answer #128)

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When a human has stopped growing it has 206 bones in its body. As an infant it ussully has around 300-350 bones in its body. 

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apramey | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM (Answer #129)

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a normal human contains of 206 bones.

Which include:

- 22 Cranial and Facial Bones

- 6 Ear Bones

- 1 Throat Bone

- 4 Shoulder Bones

- 25 Chest Bones

- 26 Vertebral Bones

- 6 Arm and Forearm bones

- 54 Hand Bones

- 2 Pelvic Bones

- 8 Leg Bones

- 52 Foot Bones

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jetpuft | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:58 AM (Answer #130)

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206 bones are in the human body.

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vgopaul12 | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:35 AM (Answer #131)

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there are 206 bones in the human body

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paulkw | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM (Answer #132)

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there are two hundred and six for an adult

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kaj12345 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM (Answer #133)

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total number of bones in a human body is 206.
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kaj12345 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:36 PM (Answer #134)

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206.
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profdano | College Teacher | Honors

Posted May 8, 2012 at 11:12 PM (Answer #135)

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The adult human body consists of 206 bones. All bones articulate with another bone except one---the hyoid.

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utkarsh123456 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 9, 2012 at 7:05 AM (Answer #136)

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An adult has 206 bones and a new born child has about 300 bones which fuse as the child grows. 

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nt1996 | Student | eNoter

Posted May 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM (Answer #137)

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There are 206 bones in the human body, though there are more than that at birth. Those bones fuse leaving us with the 206 we have.

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Posted June 2, 2012 at 9:00 PM (Answer #138)

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206

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dreammmy | eNoter

Posted February 28, 2013 at 4:03 PM (Answer #155)

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206 in adult but new born baby have more than adults

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sajjad1476 | Student | Honors

Posted March 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM (Answer #156)

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206 bones

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Posted March 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM (Answer #157)

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206 bones in the human body

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Posted April 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM (Answer #158)

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The adult human body has 206 bones. An infant may have from 300-350 bones at birth. Some of these fuse together as the infant grows. When some bones fuse and become one bone (most obvious examples are in the skull, sacrum and hip bones) the number of overall bones drops to the 206 bones that most adults have. 

Of the 206 bones in the adult human body, more than half (106) are in the hands and feet. The adult skeleton consists of the following bones:

  • 28 skull bones (8 cranial, 14 facial, and 6 ear bones)
  • The horseshoe-shaped hyoid bone of the neck which is the only bone that does not articulate (connect via a joint) to another bone 
  • 26 vertebrae (7 cervical or neck; 12 thoracic; 5 lumbar or loins; the sacrum, which is five fused vertebrae; and the coccyx, which is four fused vertebrae)
  • 24 ribs plus the sternum or breastbone; the shoulder girdle (2 clavicles, the most frequently fractured bones in the body, and 2 scapulae)
  • the pelvic bones (3 fused bones called the coxal bone, or Os Coxae)
  • 30 bones in each of the arms and legs (a total of 120)
  • a few partial bones, ranging from 8-18 in number, which are related to joints


There are individual variations: for example, some people are born with an extra rib or lumbar vertebra and not everyone has Inca (sutural) bones. 

Some interesting facts:

  • The hand has 27 bones, the foot has 26 and the face has 14. 
  • The longest bone in your body, the femur (thigh bone), is about 1/4 of your height. The smallest is the stapes (or stirrup) in the ear which is about 1/10 of an inch. 
  • Humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks.
  • Most of the bones in the body are in the hands and feet.
  • The human body consists 206 bones for adults, but for infants there are 270
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adarshanurag | Student , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted June 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM (Answer #171)

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206 bones

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claramolee100 | Honors

Posted February 10, 2011 at 12:31 PM (Answer #140)

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hi friend i don't know more about this,The number of human body at birth is 300.at the time of child growing some of the bones reducing.Then the result is that in a adult human being there are 206 bones This difference in the number of bones in the human body helps forensic anthropologists in determining the age of an individual through the skeletal remains, mainly the skull.

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claramolee100 | Honors

Posted February 10, 2011 at 12:47 PM (Answer #141)

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hi friend i don't know more about this,The number of human body at birth is 300.at the time of child growing some of the bones reducing.Then the result is that in a adult human being there are 206 bones This difference in the number of bones in the human body helps forensic anthropologists in determining the age of an individual through the skeletal remains, mainly the skull.

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valantino | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted February 11, 2011 at 1:18 AM (Answer #103)

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The number of bones in the human adult to 206 bones

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ggmissmolly | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 15, 2011 at 1:09 PM (Answer #104)

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206

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nancyharger | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM (Answer #105)

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206 Bones

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ladydeez | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted June 14, 2011 at 7:52 PM (Answer #106)

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In the human body you have 206 bones 24 nervous systems
30 skeletal muscels
22 parts in the human anatomy
:) :L

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arghyapikai | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM (Answer #143)

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The adult human body has 206 bones. An infant may have from 300-350 bones at birth. Some of these fuse together as the infant grows. When some bones fuse and become one bone (most obvious examples are in the skull, sacrum and hip bones) the number of overall bones drops to the 206 bones that most adults have.

Of the 206 bones in the adult human body, more than half (106) are in the hands and feet. The adult skeleton consists of the following bones:
28 skull bones (8 cranial, 14 facial, and 6 ear bones)
The horseshoe-shaped hyoid bone of the neck which is the only bone that does not articulate (connect via a joint) to another bone
26 vertebrae (7 cervical or neck; 12 thoracic; 5 lumbar or loins; the sacrum, which is five fused vertebrae; and the coccyx, which is four fused vertebrae)
24 ribs plus the sternum or breastbone; the shoulder girdle (2 clavicles, the most frequently fractured bones in the body, and 2 scapulae)
the pelvic bones (3 fused bones called the coxal bone, or Os Coxae)
30 bones in each of the arms and legs (a total of 120)
a few partial bones, ranging from 8-18 in number, which are related to joints

There are individual variations: for example, some people are born with an extra rib or lumbar vertebra and not everyone has Inca (sutural) bones.

Some interesting facts:
The hand has 27 bones, the foot has 26 and the face has 14.

The longest bone in your body, the femur (thigh bone), is about 1/4 of your height. The smallest is the stapes (or stirrup) in the ear which is about 1/10 of an inch.

Humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks.

Most of the bones in the body are in the hands and feet.

The human body consists 206 bones for adults, but for infants there are 270.

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prabudh | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM (Answer #144)

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there are 206 bones in a adult body and at birth we have 350 bones

 

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berlynnneo | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM (Answer #145)

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206 bones in all

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roboto100 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM (Answer #117)

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there are 206 in an adult human body

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kushshah | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted April 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM (Answer #118)

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There are 206 bones in human body, interestingly, at the time of birth there are about 250 bones in human body, which gradually gets fused as we grow and finally we are left with 206 bones.

 

Here is the complete list of bones in our body

 

Anatomical variation may also result in the formation of more or fewer bones. Variations that are more common include an additional lumbar vertebra or cervical ribs.

Cranial (8):

frontal bone (1)
temporal bone (2)
parietal bone (2)
occipital bone
sphenoid bone
ethmoid bone
Facial bones (14):

mandible
maxilla (2)
nasal bone (2)
lacrimal bone (2)
palatine bone (2)
zygomatic bone (2)
vomer bone
inferior nasal conchae (2)
In the middle ears (6):

malleus (2)
incus (2)
stapes (2)
In the throat (1):

hyoid bone
In the shoulder girdle (4):

scapula or shoulder blade (2)
clavicle or collarbone (2)
In the thorax (25):

sternum or breastbone, comprising the body of sternum (gladiolus), manubrium, and xiphoid process (1)
ribs (2 x 12)
In the vertebral column (24):

cervical vertebrae (7)
thoracic vertebrae (12)
lumbar vertebrae (5)
In the arms (2):

Humerus (2)
In the forearms (4):

radius (2)
ulna (2)
In the hands (54):

Carpal (wrist) bones:
scaphoid bone (2)
lunate bone (2)
triquetrum bone (2)
pisiform bone (2)
trapezium (2)
trapezoid bone (2)
capitate bone (2)
hamate bone (2)
Metacarpus (palm) bones:
metacarpal bones (5 × 2)
Digits of the hands (finger bones or phalanges):
proximal phalanges (5 × 2)
intermediate phalanges (4 × 2)
distal phalanges (5 × 2)
In the pelvis (4):

sacrum
coccyx or tailbone
os coxae or hipbone, comprising the fused illium, ischium, and pubis (2)
In the thighs (2):

femur (2)
In the legs (6):

patella (2)
tibia (2)
fibula (2)

In the feet (52):

Tarsal (ankle) bones:
calcaneus or heel bone (2)
talus (2)
navicular bone (2)
medial cuneiform bone (2)
intermediate cuneiform bone (2)
lateral cuneiform bone (2)
cuboid bone (2)
Metatarsus bones:
metatarsal bone (5 × 2)
Digits of the feet (toe bones or phalanges):
proximal phalanges (5 × 2)
intermediate phalanges (4 × 2)
distal phalanges (5 × 2)

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irha-nadeem | Student , Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted April 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM (Answer #119)

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there are 206 bones in a human body. however a newborn baby has 300 bones.

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malichi | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 19, 2012 at 12:58 AM (Answer #121)

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this can vary because of age

Adult-206

Child-270

or can be affected by genetics

for example

A girl at my school has 208 bones 1 extra in each foot

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chemistchris5 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 19, 2012 at 5:53 AM (Answer #122)

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There are approximately 206 bones in the average human adult skeleton, but it can vary based on the degree of fusion between various bones in the body.

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wdl315 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM (Answer #147)

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206

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frizianne | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 30, 2013 at 2:20 AM (Answer #160)

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The skeleton of an adult human is made up of 206 bones of many different shapes and sizes. Added together, your bones make up about 15% of your body weight. Newborn babies are actually born with many more bones than this (around 300), but many bones grow together, or fuse, as babies become older. Some bones are long and thick, like your thigh bones. Others are thin, flat, and wide, like your shoulder blades.

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aaana | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted May 2, 2013 at 5:18 AM (Answer #161)

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in infants there are about 350 bones,some of which then fuses later, making a total of 206 bones in adult :)

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Posted May 3, 2013 at 2:32 AM (Answer #162)

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There are 206 (two-hundred and six) bones in the ADULT BODY and 275 (two-hundred and seventy-five) bones in a BABY'S BODY.

Bones lessen in number when a baby's bones come together and fuse.

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Posted May 19, 2013 at 8:03 PM (Answer #164)

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The skeleton of an adult human is made up of 206 bones of many different shapes and sizes. Added together, your bones make up about 15% of your body weight. Newborn babies are actually born with many more bones than this (around 300), but many bones grow together, or fuse, as babies become older. Some bones are long and thick, like your thigh bones. Others are thin, flat, and wide, like your shoulder blades

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Posted May 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM (Answer #165)

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An adult human skeleton consists of 206 bones.

These include:

- 22 Cranial and Facial Bones

- 6 Ear Bones

- 1 Throat Bone

- 4 Shoulder Bones

- 25 Chest Bones

- 26 Vertebral Bones

- 6 Arm and Forearm bones

- 54 Hand Bones

- 2 Pelvic Bones

- 8 Leg Bones

- 52 Foot Bones

 

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t-the-unpredictable | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted June 7, 2013 at 6:42 AM (Answer #166)

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When a child is newborn,he/she has approximately 300 bones,but as he grows up,these bones join together by means of joints,and as a result,become 206 in number 

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Posted June 10, 2013 at 8:34 PM (Answer #167)

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208

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Posted June 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM (Answer #168)

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206

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user3514820 | eNoter

Posted June 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM (Answer #169)

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two hundred and six 

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Posted June 22, 2013 at 2:28 AM (Answer #170)

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206

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shruthiblues27 | Student | Honors

Posted June 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM (Answer #172)

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206

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redrose817 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted July 13, 2013 at 2:47 PM (Answer #173)

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At the time of birth = 350

Adult= 206

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ward00 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM (Answer #174)

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As a child our bones join together as a result an average adult has around 206 bones!

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nani2006 | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted August 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM (Answer #175)

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206

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saumya-dave | Student , Grade 7 | eNoter

Posted August 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM (Answer #176)

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206 in the case of a fully grown adult and 366 in the case of a baby. 

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selmasharafaz | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM (Answer #177)

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The human body has 206 bones.

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Yojana_Thapa | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM (Answer #178)

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206

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laurto | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 26, 2014 at 12:48 AM (Answer #179)

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The human body has 300 bones at birth but as the body develops and grows, some bones fuse together and by the time the person is an adult there are 206 bones in the body. 

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parama9000 | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 26, 2014 at 2:19 PM (Answer #180)

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There are 206 bones.

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Jyotsana | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 22, 2014 at 1:13 AM (Answer #181)

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206 Bones in a human body

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nicole8923 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM (Answer #182)

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There are 206 bones in a human body.

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nicole8923 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM (Answer #183)

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When you are a baby you have more, but for an average human about 206 bones

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Posted March 16, 2014 at 1:33 AM (Answer #184)

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206

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tiannarudolf | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 31, 2012 at 4:43 PM (Answer #151)

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206 or 208 not quite sure

 

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keshavmwd14 | Student , Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted February 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM (Answer #113)

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For baby it is 206

For adult it is 306

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bernsb | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted April 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM (Answer #146)

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269:)

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jiksaw213 | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted December 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM (Answer #152)

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Amazing fact Lilian, i do not know about this before!

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rishikadey | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted January 9, 2012 at 12:39 AM (Answer #153)

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208.

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abdallahbakari | Student | Honors

Posted December 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM (Answer #154)

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200 bones

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