This life-sized model features unbreakable plastic bones which were carefully cast to preserve the finest details. The mandible is hinged; the arms, legs and skull are removable; and the calvarium is sectioned to allow for study of the cranial vault. There is natural movement in the joints wherever possible. The jaw features a full set of teeth, three of which are removable for closer examination. The spinal column shows the spinal cord, nerve exits, vertebral arteries, and a herniated disk. The skeleton is mounted in an upright position on a heavy duty base with smooth gliding casters. A dust cover and detailed key are included.
Height: 5' 7" (170cm)
The human skeleton is the internal framework of the human body. It is composed of around 270 bones at birth – this total decreases to around 206 bones by adulthood after some bones get fused together. The bone mass in the skeleton reaches maximum density around age 21. The human skeleton can be divided into the axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton. The axial skeleton is formed by the vertebral column , the rib cage , the skull and other associated bones. The appendicular skeleton, which is attached to the axial skeleton, is formed by the shoulder girdle, the pelvic girdle and the bones of the upper and lower limbs.
The human skeleton performs six major functions; support, movement, protection, production of blood cells, storage of minerals, and endocrine regulation. The human skeleton is not as sexually dimorphic as that of many other primate species, but subtle differences between sexes in the morphology of the skull, dentition, long bones, and pelvis exist. In general, female skeletal elements tend to be smaller and less robust than corresponding male elements within a given population. The human female pelvis is also different from that of males in order to facilitate childbirth. Unlike most primates, human males do not have penile bones.