22 Unusual Facts About Human Bones I’ve Heard for the First Time

Date: 2020-10-15 13:00:34


It may seem there’s nothing exciting about human bones. They’re hidden under multiple layers of cells and tissues, they’re dense, hard, and unassuming. But are they? Your bones not only protect your internal organs and help you move but also store fat and minerals! Your blood cells are produced there! Most of the bone tissue isn’t even solid! How about going on a journey through your bones to see it with your own eyes?

An adult’s skeleton’s made up of 206 bones, and each of them has its own function. Interestingly, people are born with nearly twice as many bones. But as you grow up, these small bones fuse together and form larger ones as a person matures. If one bone’s broken, those around it can’t work properly either. The smallest bone in your body is dozens of times smaller than a penny. This bone’s called the stapes and is located in your middle ear. The tiny thing weighs as much as two sesame seeds. Interested? Then check out these fascinating facts about the human body you might never have guessed!


Preview photo credit:
Stapes, human ear: By Welleschik, CC BY-SA 3.0 ,
Animation is created by Bright Side.

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Electronic micrography 10000 magnification of mineralized collagen fibers in bone: By Sbertazzo,
An example of sesamoid bones, in this case on the distal end of the first metatarsal of the foot: By Jmarchn,
Skeleton and bones – Skeleton: By Laboratoires Servier,
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Illustration from Anatomy & Physiology, Connexions Web site: By OpenStax College,
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Hyoid bone: by Anatomography,
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Male Homo sapiens and Pan troglodytes hyoid bones: By Ruggero D’Anastasio, Stephen Wroe, Claudio Tuniz, Lucia Mancini, Deneb T. Cesana, Diego Dreossi, Mayoorendra Ravichandiran, Marie Attard, William C. H. Parr, Anne Agur, Luigi Capasso,

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