Human Body

Bones and Muscles

How many bones are in the human body?

Babies are born with about 300 to 350 bones, but many of these fuse together between birth and maturity to produce an average adult total of 206. Bone counts vary according to the method used to count them, because a structure may be treated as either multiple bones or as a single bone with multiple parts.

Location Number
Skull 22
Ears (pair) 6
Vertebrae 26
Sternum 3
Ribs 24
Throat 1
Pectoral girdle 4
Arms (pair) 60
Hip bones 2
Legs (pair) 58


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