How many bones are in the human body?

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

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

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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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rachellopez | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The human body has 206 bones. There are five types of bones: long, short, flat, irregular, and sesamoid. The bone's main function is to support our body and protect our organs as well as enable us to move. Bones also store essential substances, such as calcium, to help our bodies grow and repair itself.

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At birth, a baby's body is consisted of 270 bones. These bones are all fragmented, and as the human body ages, grows, and becomes more mature, the bones fuse together. This results in their being less bones in the overall body. The number of bones that one has after all the bone fusions is 206.

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mrbakertheteacher | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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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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