What would happen if humans didn't have bones?

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The Skeletal System Interesting Facts

  • The largest bone is the pelvis, or hip bone. In fact it is made of six bones joined firmly together.

  • The longest bone is the 'femur', in the thigh. t makes up almost one quarter of the body's total height.

  • The smallest bone is the 'stirrup', deep in the ear. It is hardly larger than a grain of rice.

  • The ears and nose do not have bones inside them. Their inner supports are cartilage or 'gristle', which is lighter and more flexible than bone. This is why the nose and ears can be bent.

  • After death, cartilage rots faster than bone. This is why the skulls of skeletons have no nose or ears.

Name ________________________________

. What are the five major jobs of the skeletal system?

2. What do you call the part of the skeleton which protects the brain?   How many bones are in a baby's head?


3. The parts of the skeleton which protect the heart and lungs are called the _______.


4. What do you call bendable places where some bones join together? Name six types.


5. What do you call the soft stuff in the middle of bones?


6. What is the longest bone in the body? The largest bone? The smallest bone?


7. Adults have how many bones in their bodies?   How many bones do babies have?


8. Label the following parts on the diagram of the skeletal system you were given.

    Another diagram is also provided.

            Cranium Humerus

            Spinal Cord Sternum

            Ribs Pelvis (Hip Bones)

You only have to label the areas asked for above.
           Femur Scapula (Shoulder blade)

            Patella (Kneecap)

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