Some bone facts

  • At birth the human skeleton consists of around 300 bones, by adulthood our skeleton has 206.
  • The skeletal system has six main functions: support, movement, blood  production, protection, storage of ions and endocrine regulation.
  • Our bones are constantly worn down and remade – approximately every seven years we have new bones.
  • Our skeleton’s bone mass is at its maximum density around the age of 30.  Keeping fit and active helps keep your bones strong. Physiotherapists can give you advice about what exercises are best for bones.
  • The strongest bone in the body is the femur, it can withstand tremendous forces.
  • Bones are stronger than granite.
  • The smallest bone is in the ear, it is 2.8mm long.
  • American stuntman, Evel Kineval, broke 433 bones in his lifetime, earning an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of “most bones broken in a lifetime”.

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