The Vertebrate Skeleton. A vertebrate skeleton is divided into an axial and appendicular skeleton. The axial skeleton protects the organs of the head, neck and chest. The appendicular skeleton includes the bones of the limbs . . The axial skeleton consists of the 80 bones
A vertebrate skeleton is divided into an axial and appendicular skeleton.
The axial skeleton protects the organs of the head, neck and chest.
The appendicular skeleton includes the bones of the limbs.
in the head and trunk of the human body.
It is composed of five parts;
the human skull, the ossicles of the middle ear,
the hyoid bone of the throat, the rib cage,
and the vertebral column.
The axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton
together form the complete
skeleton and the sternum.
Flat bones house the brain, spinal cord, and other vital organs.
This article mainly deals with the axial skeletons of humans; however, it is important to understand the evolutionary lineage of the axial skeleton.
The human axial skeleton consists of 80 different bones.
As the skeleton grows older the bones get weaker with the exception of the skull.
The skull remains strong so as to protect the brain from injury.
Ossicles (6 )
Hyoid bone (1) U-shape bone located in the neck.
It anchors the tongue and is associated with swallowing.
Main article: Vertebral column
Vertebral Column (26)
Main article: Chest
Thoracic cage (25)
The word appendicular is the adjective of the noun appendage,
hich itself means a part that is joined to something larger.
Functionally it is involved in locomotion (Lower limbs) of the axial skeleton
and manipulation of objects in the environment (Upper limbs).
1) Pectoral Girdles (4 bones) - Left and right
Clavicle (2) and Scapula (2).
2) Arm and Forearm (6 bones) - Left and right Humerus (2) (Arm), Ulna (2) and Radius (2) (Fore Arm).
3) Hands (58 bones) - Left and right Carpal (16) (wrist), Metacarpal (10),
Proximal phalanges (10), Middle phalanges (8), distal phalanges (10), and sesamoid (4).
4) Pelvis (2 bones) - Left and right oscoxae (2) (ilium).
5) Thigh and leg (8 bones) - Femur (2) (thigh), Tibia (2),
Patella (2) (knee), and Fibula (2) (leg).
6) Feet (56 bones) - Tarsals (14) (ankle), Metatarsals (10),
Proximal phalanges (10), middle phalanges (8), distal phalanges (10), and sesamoid (4).
for the skeleton to have many extra bones (sutural bones in the skull, cervical ribs,
lumbar ribs and even extra lumbar vertebrae)
The appendicular skeleton of 126 bones and the axial skeleton of 80 bones together
form the complete skeleton of 206 bones in the human body. Unlike the axial skeleton,
the appendicular skeleton is unfused. This allows for a much greater range of motion