20 Fun Facts about the Skeletal System by Theresa EmminizerReaders will bone up on their knowledge of the human body with this enlightening text about the skeletal system. The skeleton forms framework for the entire body. It protects the organs, stores minerals, and makes it possible for the body to move and function. Readers will study the parts of the skeletal system, learn about types of bones, and discover how the body changes over time. Useful diagrams help readers visualize abstract concepts, and attention-grabbing photographs enrich the comprehensive text.
11 Surprising Facts About the Skeletal System
Paramount to the functioning of the skeletal system is the muscular system , without which the skeletal system will collapse. Therefore, the human skeleton cannot function on its own without the continued support of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The human skeletal system is also responsible for posture, support, balance, movement, and flexibility. Overall, the skeletal system provides a frame to the human body and help it to function in terms of movement. The human skeletal system has a variety of functions, the most critical being movement and support of the body. It serves as the basic foundation which houses and protects all the other organ systems of the body. One cannot imagine functioning without a proper skeletal system.
Toggle navigation. Skeletal System Facts The human skeletal system is the framework of the body, and consists of six major functions including storage of ions, endocrine regulation, blood cell production, support, protection, and movement. At birth the human body contains bones. By adulthood this number decreases to only , due the fusion of some bones as one grows up. The human skeleton consists of the axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton. The axial skeleton of the human body consists of 80 bones including those of the vertebral column, the rib cage, and the skull.
Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher with a first class honors degree in biology. She often writes about the scientific basis of disease. The human skeleton is an interesting and complex structure. It's more than just a scaffolding for our body or a structure that enables us to move. The bones that make up the skeleton are made of living tissue that has vital functions. In addition to supporting the body and allowing it to move, the skeleton protects organs, makes blood cells, and stores fat and minerals. Bones release minerals into the bloodstream and absorb them from the blood as needed.
An adult's skeletal system consists bones, 32 teeth and a network of other structures that connect the bones together. This system performs a number of vital functions, such as giving the body its form, assisting with bodily movements and producing new blood cells. The skeleton of a newborn baby has approximately different components, which are a mixture of bones and cartilage. The cartilage eventually solidifies into bone in a process called ossification — for example, the kneecaps of newborns start off as cartilage and become bone in a few years. Over time, the "extra" bones in infants fuse to form larger bones, reducing the overall number of bones to by adulthood. Bones come in all shapes and sizes, and are not evenly distributed throughout the body; some areas have far more bones than others.