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What would happen if you didn't have any bones? How would you stand or sit? Would your body simply be a big blob on the floor? Fortunately, we won't find out because we have a skeleton to provide a framework for our body. Explore our human body section to learn more about what our body is, and how it works.

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Human Skeleton - Anterior or Front View
Human Skeleton - Anterior or Front View

The human skeleton is a collection of bones held together by ligaments, tendons, muscles and cartilage. The skeleton provides a framework for the body. It holds and protects the organs. It also provides a structure for the interconnecting muscles.

Many of the bones, such as the skull, vertebral column or spine, and thoracic cage or ribs are designed to transfer the weight of the head, the trunk, and the upper limbs down to the hip joint and lower limbs. this transfers the weight to the ground, and is responsible for maintaining the upright position of the body.

Many bones are connected at joints, where the bones are interconnected by muscles. These muscles allow the bones to move relative to each other, allowing us to walk, run and any other activity that involves movement of the body.

Use the navigation menu on the left to explore individual parts of the skeleton, and learn more about the human body.


Front, Back and Side Views of Skeleton

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Skeleton Front or Anterior View

Anterior Skeleton

Skeleton Back or Posterior View

Skeleton - Posterior View

Skeleton Side or Lateral View

Skeleton - Lateral View


Skeleton of a Child

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Child Skeleton
Although the skeleton of a child is very similar to that of an adult, there are some significant differences. The adult skeleton consists of 206 bones. We are born with more than 300 bones. Many of these bones fuse together as a child grows into an adult. For example, the sacrum consists of five separate bones at birth which fuse together into a single bone structure in later years.


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