Bones form part the endoskeleton of the body and are lightweight and strong. Bones produce red and white blood cells and store minerals most notably calcium and phosphorus and also stores important growth factors. The bony framework of a body consists of 206 bones, 80 in the trunk and 126 in the limbs. There are 230 joints in the body. More than half the bones in the human body are in the hands and feet. The human hand has 27 bones and the foot has 26 bones. A newborn baby has 350 bones. Almost every seven years, the body replaces the equivalent of an entirely new skeleton. The largest bone is the pelvis, or hipbone. The smallest is the stirrup in the ear, hardly larger than a grain of rice. The jawbone is the hardest bone.


Supports the body and anchors the muscles to facilitate motion. Bones can serve to protect internal organs, such as the skull protecting the brain or the ribs protecting the heart and lungs.




The human skeleton.


Above and below the waist.


Within the body under the skin


Marrow within and sinews above with some flesh.

Meditation on Bones