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Sunday, 20 January 2013


A newborn baby has around 300 bones. Many of these fuse together to leave an adult's 206.

About 20 per cent of human body weight derives from the 206 bones that make up the skeleton.

The feet account for one quarter of all the bones in a human body.

The smallest bone in the human body is the stapes bone which is located in the middle ear. It is only 1/10 of an inch long.

The femur, or thigh-bone, is the longest bone in the human body. It is also the strongest bone in your body.

A cubic inch of bone is approximately four times as strong as concrete.

The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.

Human bones are 31% water.

44% of  humans have broken a bone.

Bone cells burn about 2.3 calories per kilogram.

Bones without enough calcium intake can self-destruct.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the bones in a skull and cross-bones are thigh-bones.

The upper lip bone of a blue whale is the largest bone ever known. The art of carving on whale bones is called 'scrimshaw'.

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is a rare genetic disease that gradually turns your entire body into bone. Surgical removal of the bone only causes more bone to grow in its place.

Bones aren't white, but are a creamy beige like color range in color. The bones in museums are a solid white because they have been boiled and cleaned. 

1 comment:

  1. Interesting collection of 'boney' fun facts