Test Your Knowledge: Your Skeleton Quiz
by Staff
Bones are the best support system you'll ever have. How much do you know about your skeletal system?

Babies are born with how many bones?

  • about 200
  • about 300
  • about 400

"Wormian bones" are sometimes found where?

  • in the feet
  • in the skull
  • in worms

How many bones are in the adult human body?

  • 206
  • 312
  • 466

In addition to motor vehicle accidents, what causes most fractures of the jawbone?

  • athletics
  • falls
  • assault

In addition to calcium, what vitamin can help ward off osteoporosis, a disease that causes a weakening of the bones?

  • vitamin E
  • vitamin B
  • vitamin D

Which bone do humans most often break?

  • arm
  • finger
  • hip

Bones gain density until about what age?

  • 20
  • 30
  • 40

What is the tailbone's scientific name?

  • malleus
  • occipital bone
  • coccyx

True or False: Including the wrist, the human hand contains 28 bones.

  • true
  • false

How many people are born with an extra rib?

  • 1 in 100
  • 1 in 500
  • 1 in 1,000

What is ossification?

  • the early onset of arthritis
  • the process of cartilage turning into bone
  • the loss of bone density

What is the strongest bone in the human body?

  • fibula
  • tibia
  • femur

Scoliosis affects which part of the skeletal system?

  • the jaw
  • the spine
  • the fingers

What is the Phenice method used for?

  • to identity the sex of skeletal remains
  • to pinpoint the age of a buried skeleton
  • to repair bones shattered by sharp impacts

Where is the shortest bone in the human body?

  • the ear
  • the toe
  • the finger

The scapula connects the humerus to which bone?

  • patella
  • trapezium
  • clavicle

Which bone do children most often break?

  • collarbone
  • leg
  • finger

How many bones are in the human rib cage?

  • 24
  • 18
  • 16

To which process does haematopoiesis refer?

  • production of nerve cells
  • creation of blood vessels
  • formation of blood chemicals

What does the word "incus" mean in Latin?

  • hammer
  • anvil
  • plate

Collagen imparts which characteristic to bones?

  • flexibility
  • rigidity
  • adds red cell production

What body part slides out of place during a patellar dislocation?

  • toe
  • shoulder
  • knee cap

How far do the joints in the human skull shift to absorb hard blows?

  • They don't normally shift.
  • about 0.5 mm
  • about 1 mm

Sesamoid bones are a type of bone found where?

  • inside the skull
  • inside rib cartilage
  • inside muscles

What does the sternum resemble?

  • a necktie
  • a soda can
  • a piano keyboard

Where is the hyoid located?

  • in the throat
  • in the ear
  • in the foot

If you damage your vomer, you'll have a problem with which body part?

  • your head
  • your torso
  • your foot

How many teeth are in the adult mouth?

  • 32
  • 34
  • 36

You'll find the xiphoid process in which area?

  • sternum
  • vertebrate
  • skull

How many pieces make up the front bone of the skull?

  • one
  • two
  • three