97% of People can't Name These Bones in the Human Skeleton! Can you?

By: Chelsea
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There are 206 bones in the human body. Larger and long bones help to support the body's weight and assist in movement. Flat bones protect internal organs. And dozens of smaller bones provide protection and help with detailed movements. How many of these bones can you name from an image? Take this quiz and find out.

Did you know the tibia is the second largest bone in the human body? It makes up the lower front part of the leg, or the shin.

Ribs are a common bone to damage since they are slender and can crack due to various reasons, such as prolonged coughing or falling off a motorcycle. If you crack a rib, be careful to not breathe too heavily, sneeze, cough and even limit laughing to ensure that the ribs do not go out of place.

The bone that makes up the front part of the skull and above the eye sockets is called the frontal bone. Did you know that the plates of the skull do not fuse together until after infancy? This gives the brain room to grow.

Although these bones may be small and somewhat sensitive, they have a big job in the human body. They keep the spinal cord safe, allow the head and neck to move in various directions, and also help hold up the head.

The rib cage is stabilized or founded by the sternum. Did you know that the sternum also helps protect the heart?

The ulna is a bone in the lower arm, and is attached to the wrist and elbow. The ulna is known as multiple bones when a baby is first born until after puberty. It is not until after puberty that these multiples bones form to become one ulna!

The occipital bone is an interestingly shaped bone that holds the head up. It also holds the back part of the brain, so it has a round shape and a hole for the spinal cord to pass through.

Did you know there are 27 fingers in each hand? Your thumb metacarpal is named number one, pointer finger is number two, and so on.

Where in the body is the thoracic vertebrae? It's the middle part of the spine, in conjunction with the ribs. In giraffes, the first two thoracic vertebra are shaped differently than the others, which is why they have a hump in their necks.

The fibula runs side by side with the tibia bone; it's the outer bone that connects your knee to your ankle. In archaeology, a fibula is another word for a brooch or clasp.

Like the ulna, the radius goes from your elbow to your wrist. It is long and a bit larger than the ulna.

There are actually two parietal bones in the skull; each looks like an arched plate that protects the sides and top of the cranium. They join with the frontal bone and occipital bone to fully protect the front part of the head and brain.

Each bone that extends from your knuckle to the first joint of each finger is called a proximal phalange bone. The bone extending from the proximal phalange is called the intermediate phalange.

The hyoid bone is located underneath the chin and above the larynx. It has a shape like the letter 'u', and helps support the lower jaw bone.

A fractured clavicle, or broken collar bone, is an unfortunate and painful experience. Sometimes this happens to infants during childbirth, or to people who take a hard fall.

At either side and at the base of the skull sit the temporal bones. This a sturdy and complex set of bones made of five parts.

The tibia and fibula are connected to the talus, which connects the leg to the foot. It is known as a part of the ankle, but is not the large bump making the ankle stick out.

Moving down towards the toes from the talus, is the navicular bone. This bone is also located in the hand, and is known as the scaphoid.

This bone is between the eye socket, frontal bone and temporal bone in the skull. It helps give structure to the eye sockets, and is an unpaired bone.

Lumbar vertebrae are located below the rib cage and end at the pelvis. There are five of them in the human body.

What is the largest bone in the face? The mandible. It is also the strongest, giving humans the power to chew and crunch tough or hard foods.

The humerus bone connects the shoulder to the elbow. Have you ever hit your 'funny bone'? Not so funny, is it? The annoying, tingling sensation that comes when you hit your elbow is not just because of the humerus bone. The ulnar nerve is what causes the sensation.

The ethmoid is another unpaired bone in the skull. What does it do? It helps keep the nasal cavity and brain separate.

Just like the lumbar vertebrae, there are five sacral vertebrae in the human body. They are located directly beneath the lumbar vertebrae and are also named by a number.

The maxilla and mandible make up the human jaw bones. The maxilla bone also stretches to the nasal area, across the cheeks and below the eye sockets.

This bone is in the foot and is connected to the metatarsal bone 1 by the tarsometatarsal joint. It is at the base of the big toe, and although there are other bones similar for the other toes, they have different names. The medial cuneiform specifically refers to metatarsal 1.

The scapula, commonly known as the shoulder blade, is in between the humerus and clavicle. Although the scapula in animals is for a similar purpose as the one in humans, it can vary in shape depending on the animal.

The metatarsal bones are long bones that make up a good portion of your toes. When a person hurts his or her metatarsal 5, it is called a Jones fracture.

Want to know where your palatine bone is? Touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth- towards the back by your throat. That's your palatine bone.

Do you remember the medial cuneiform bone? The intermediate is similar, but located beneath your second toe (the one next to your big toe).

Distal phalanges are the tip of your fingers in the skeletal system, and are connected to the intermediate phalanges. These bones are great for gripping onto objects and holding things.

The scaphoid helps give the wrist movement and flexibility. The name comes from Greek words that mean 'boat' and 'kind.' Why is it named after a boat? Because of its shape.

The zygomatic bone connects to the frontal, maxilla, temporal and sphenoid bones. The arch in this bone allows for the muscle to be supported, which is what gives our jaws the ability to chomp on our food.

The lunate bone is one of the eight bones in the wrist. Did you know that bones can die? When this bone dies from lack of supply of blood, it is known as Kienbock's disease.

Coccygeal vertebrae make up the coccyx, or tailbone. There are approximately three to five coccygeal vertebrae making up the tailbone.

The hip bone is another one of the bones that fuses together after puberty (in humans). It is three separate bones prior to puberty.

This bone is between the lunate and pisiform bones in the wrist. Luckily for this bone, it breaks and fractures less easily than other bones in the wrist.

What gives us different nose shapes? The nasal bon. It can vary in shape and size in each person, and in comparison to other bones in the body, is small.

What is the largest bone in the foot? The calcaneus! It may seem strange that you can fracture or break this bone, but it is possible. For example, the calcaneus break could occur if you fall from a high place and land hard on your heel.

This bone looks like a pea, and is in the wrist. It is a sesamoid bone, meaning it is rounded and implanted in a tendon. For example, the knee is a sesamoid bone.

Do you remember the medial and intermediate cuneiform bones? The lateral is similar, but at the base of the middle toe.

The trapezium is located in the hand, near the base of the thumb. It is associated with arthritis of the hands and can be removed to relieve arthritis symptoms.

The lacrimal is a tiny bone that is in the face, near the frontal bone. It shares surfaces with the nose and eye socket, and is only the size of a fingernail.

The trapezoid bone has four sides and is in the hand. It looks like a small boot in shape, and is a less common bone to fracture.

The femur wins the award for being the heaviest and strongest bone in the human body. Why does it need to be so dense? It supports much of what we do - running, jumping, walking up stairs and more.

The cuboid is in between the heel and the toes. Cuboid syndrome happens when this bone partially dislocates, meaning it pops or pushes out of place. This can happen to athletes over a period of time, or in one single accident.

Although many people call the capitate bone the wrist, there are actually more bones that make up the entire wrist. The capitate bone is in the center of the wrist.

Also known as the kneecap, the patella is a large sesamoid bone. If you don't remember from a previous question, a sesamoid bone is one that is implanted in a tendon and round in shape.

Being in the wrist on the same side as the little finger, the hamate bone is another one of the bones in the hand that can be more easily fractured. This could be because of its hook shape that makes it stick out.

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