Your toe bone's connected to your foot bone...
Tuesday 27th May
You may be able to sing along to Dem Bones, but just how much do you really know about the skeleton? Here are some fun facts.
- The adult skeleton contains 206 bones, connected by a network of tendons, ligaments and cartilage.
- Babies are born with 300 or more bones, some of which fuse together as they develop. Most children will have 206 bones by the time they reach their ninth birthday.
- There are 27 bones in each hand – and 26 in each foot.
- The smallest bone in the human body is the stapes (or “stirrup”) bone, found in the middle ear
- The longest bone is the thigh bone (femur), which makes up approximately a quarter of our total height.
- Our bodies contain one kilo of calcium and 99 per cent of this is stored in the bones.
Discover some tried and tested ways to improve your strength and flexibility at NHS Choices.
You can also find out more about maintaining healthy bones from the National Osteoporosis Society.