206 Bones of the Human Skeleton. But we start with 270 bones!


The human skeleton is made up of 206 bones, including bones of the:
  • Skull – including the jaw bone.
  • Spine – cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, sacrum, and tailbone (coccyx)
  • Chest – ribs, and breastbone (sternum)
  • Arms – shoulder blade (scapula), collar bone (clavicle), humerus, radius, and ulna.

Human skeleton, the internal skeleton that serves as a framework for the body. This framework consists of many individual bones and cartilages. There also are bands of fibrous connective tissue—the ligaments and the tendons—in an intimate relationship with the parts of the skeleton. This article is concerned primarily with the gross structure and the function of the skeleton of the normal human adult.


The human skeleton of an adult consists of around 206 to 208 bones, depending on the counting of the sternum (which may alternatively be included as the manubrium, body of sternum, and the xiphoid process)[ It is composed of 270 bones at birth, but later decreases to 80 bones in the axial skeleton and 126 bones in the appendicular skeleton. Many small accessory bones, such as some sesamoid bones, are not included in this count.

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Alphabetical list of Human Bones

Calcaneus (Heel Bone) (2)
Capitate Bone (2)
Carpal (Wrist) Bones
Cervical Vertebrae (7)
Clavicle Or Collarbone (2)
Cuboid Bone (2)
Distal Phalanges (5 × 2)
Distal Phalanges (5 × 2)
Ethmoid Bone
Femur (2)
Fibula (2)
Frontal Bone
Gladiolus (Part Of Sternum)
Hamate Bone (2)
Hip Bone (Innominate Bone Or Coxal Bone) (2)
Humerus (2)
Hyoid Bone
Incus (2)
Inferior Nasal Conchae (2)
Intermediate Cuneiform Bone (2)
Intermediate Phalanges (4 × 2)
Intermediate Phalanges (4 × 2)
Lacrimal Bone (2)
Lateral Cuneiform Bone (2)
Lumbar Vertebrae (5)
Lunate Bone (2)
Malleus (2)
Manubrium (Part Of Sternum)
Maxilla (2)
Medial Cuneiform Bone (2)
Metacarpal Bones (5 × 2)
Metatarsal Bone (5 × 2)
Nasal Bone (2)
Navicular Bone (2)
Occipital Bone
Palatine Bone (2)
Parietal Bone (2)
Patella (2)
Pisiform Bone (2)
Proximal Phalanges (5 × 2)
Proximal Phalanges (5 × 2)
Radius (2)
Ribs (2 X 12)
Scaphoid Bone (2)
Scapula Or Shoulder Blade (2)
Sphenoid Bone
Stapes (2)
Talus (2)
Temporal Bone (2)
Thoracic Vertebrae (12)
Tibia (2)
Trapezium (2)
Trapezoid Bone (2)
Triquetral Bone (2)
Ulna (2)
Xiphoid Process (Part Of Sternum)
Zygomatic Bone (2)

In the skull (22):

In the middle ears (6):

In the throat (1):

In the shoulder girdle (4):

In the thorax (25):

In the vertebral column (24):

In the arms (6):

In the hands (54):

In the pelvis (4):

In the legs (8):

In the feet (52):

The infant skeleton has the following bones in addition to those above:

  1. sacral vertebrae (4 or 5), which fuse in adults to form the sacrum
  2. coccygeal vertebrae (3 to 5), which fuse in adults to form the coccyx
  3. iliumischium, and pubis, which fuse in adults to form the pelvic girdle
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