How many bones are in the human bod?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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No, there are far fewer than that number in the human body. An adult human has 206 bones, though at birth a baby has as many as 350 bones, many of which eventually fuse together as the child grows to adulthood. More than half of the human body's bones can be found in the hands and feet. Occasionally, the rare human exceeds the number of 206, since there is documentation of adults with extra ribs and vertebra. The longest bone in the body is the femur, which measures approximately one-quarter of the individual's height. The smallest bone is the ear stirrup, measuring less than one-eighth of an inch. Interestingly, humans and giraffes have the same number of neck bones.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Here's an enotes link that tells you that we actually have 208 bones in our bodies...

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sid-sarfraz | Student, Graduate | (Level 2) Salutatorian

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When we are born we have 300 - 350 bones namely cartilage which is soft so that delivery becomes possible. With time these bones join together forming large bones, this process is called Ossification. These bones shrink reaching 207 in number. Hence the number of bones in an adult is 206-207. 

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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No, human body has 206 bones.

  • The main groups of bones are:
  • Arms and hands - 60
  • Legs and feet - 60
  • Vertebral columns - 26
  • Ribs forming the thoracic cage - 12 pairs
  • Skull - 22

The longest bone in the body is femur, or the thigh bone. The smallest bone is the stirrup inside the ear.

P.S.

It appears the question has confused between bones, which make up the skeleton, and the skeletal muscles. A human body has approximately 639 groups of skeletal muscles. This number is not universally accepted as correct because different experts group muscles in different ways.

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