There are 206 bones in the body of an adult human being, assuming the body is complete and whole. Interestingly, we are born with a larger number of bones, but many of them fuse together after birth. Some of the readily identifiable bones in our body include the skull, bones in our hands and legs, and the spinal cord. Together, all the bones in our body form the skeleton and provide structure and support.
The bones in a human body can be divided into four different types: long bones, short bones, flat bones and irregular bones. Long bones, such as arm and leg bones, permit movement. Short bones, such as wrists and ankles, provide a large degree of freedom in movement. Flat bones include skull bones and ribs. Bones not placed in any of these three categories are considered irregular bones.
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