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The Appendicular Skeleton

 

Of the 206 bones in the human body 126 of these make up the appendicular skeleton.

The Bones of the Appendicular Skeleton:

Amount
Structure
Bones
4
Pectoral Girdle
Clavicle (2) and Scapula (2)
6
Arm and Forearm
Humerus (2), Ulna (2) and Radius (2)
58
Hands
Carpals (16), Metacarpal (10), Phalanges (28) and Sesamoid (4)
2
Pelvis
Coxae (2)
8
Thigh and leg
Femur (2), Tibia (2), Patella (2) and Fibula (2)
56
Feet
Tarsals (14), Metatarsals (10), Phlanages (28) and Sesamoid (4).

 

The Function of the Appendicular Skeleton

The appendicular skeleton is unfused which gives it a greater range of motion (unlike the axial skeleton) making one of the primary functions of the skeleton, locomotion, possible. The appendicular skeleton also protects some of the major organs.

 

Appendicular Skeleton



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