Vertebral column : It is formed by 26 serially arranged units called vertebrae and is dorsally placed. It extends from the base of the skull and constitutes the main framework of the trunk. central hollow portion (neural canal) through which the spinal cord passes. It has a central hollow portion (neural canal) through
which the spinal cord passes. The vertebral column is differentiated into cervical (7), thoracic (12), lumbar (5), sacral (1-fused) and coccygeal (1-fused) regions starting from the skull. The number of cervical vertebrae are seven in almost all mammals including human beings. The vertebral column protects the spinal cord, supports the head and serves as the point of attachment for the ribs and musculature of the back. The vertebrae are divided into following categories :
1. Cervical vertebrae : These are present in neck. These are seven in number (All mammals have seven cervical vertebrae).
2. Thoracic vertebrae : These are present in thoracic region. There are twelve thoracic vertebrae.
3. Lumbar vertebrae : These are present in abdominal region and are five in number.
4. Sacral vertebrae : There are five sacral vertebrae present in pelvic region. These get fused to form one sacrum.
5. Coccygeal vertebrae : These are four in number and are present below sacrum. These fuse to form one vertebra.
Skull : It has two sets of bones - the cranial and facial, that totals to 22 bones. Cranial bones are 8 in number. They form the hard protective outer covering, cranium for the brain. The facial region is made up of 14 skeletal elements which form the front part of the skull. A single U-shaped bone called hyoid is present at the base of the buccal cavity and it is also included in the skull.
A. Cranium : It encloses the brain. Cranium has following eight bones :
(a) Frontal bone (one)
(b) Parietal bones (two)
(c) Occipital bone (one)
(d) Temporal bones (two)
(e) Sphenoid bone (one)
(f) Ethmoid bone (one)
B. Bones of face : Face has fourteen bones namely :
(a) Nasals (two)
(b) Maxilla (two)
(c) Palatines (two)
(d) Mandible (one)
(e) Zygomatic bones or cheek bones (two)
(f) Inferior nasal conchae (two)
(g) Vomer (one)
(h) Lacrimal (two)
1. It protects the brain from injuries.
2. It helps in the movement of lower jaw.
3. It helps in the protection of eyes.
4. It helps in the protection of internal ear.
Function of ribs :
1. It protects the vital organs and blood vessels
2. It expands and contracts along with the lungs to allow for efficient breathing
Ribs : There are twelve pairs of ribs. The ribs are of three types :
1. True ribs : There are seven pairs of true ribs. At one end they are attached to vertebral column and at the second end they are attached to sternum.
2. False ribs : There are three pairs of false ribs. At one end these are attached to vertebral column and at second end these get attached to each other.
3. Floating ribs : There are two pairs of floating ribs. These are attached to vertebral column and the second end is free.
The human skeletal system is made up of 206 bones and a few cartilages. It is divided in to two main categories.
A. Axial skeleton : It is present on median longitudinal axis of body e.g. skull, vertebral column, sternum, ribs etc. It comprises of 80 bones.
i. The skull - is composed of two sets of bones cranial and facial, that totals to 22 bones. Cranial bones are 8 in number.
ii. The vertebral colummn - is formed by 26 serially arranged units called vertebrae and is dorsally placed. It extends from the base of the skull and constitutes the main framework of the trunk. Each vertebra has a central hollow portion (neural canal) through which the spinal cord passes.
iii. Sternum is a flat bone on the ventral midline of thorax.
iv. Ribs - There are 12 pairs of ribs. Each rib is a thin flat bone connected dorsally to the vertebral column and ventrally to the sternum. The first 7 pairs are called True ribs, the 8th, 9th and 10th are called False ribs, and the 11th and 12th are called Floating ribs.
B. Appendicular skeleton : It is present on sides and present in appendages and associated with them. It includes the bones of the limbs and the pectoral girdles, pelvic girdles.
i. Bones of the limbs - each limb is formed of 30 bones. The bones of the hand are humerus, radius and ulna, carpals (8), metacarpals (5) and phalanges (14).
The leg is made up of Femur, tibia and fibula, tarsals (7) metatarsals (5) and phalanges (14). A cup shaped bone called patella cover the knee ventrally (knee cap).
ii. Pelvic and pectoral girdle - Pectoral and Pelvic girdle bones help in the articulation of the upper and the lower limbs respectively with the axial skeleton. Each girdle is formed of two halves. Each half of pectoral girdle consists of a clavicle and a scapula. Pelvic girdle consists of two coxal bones. Each coxal bone is formed by the fusion of three bones – ilium, ischium and pubis.