Young YOU | The human skeleton – the body’s scaffolding

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The human skeletons provides structure to the human body, enabling movement (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
The human skeletons provides structure to the human body, enabling movement (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Our bodies are wonderous networks of different systems that work together for us to function. The skeleton protects important organs and enables us to move. Our skeletons also keep us upright and stabilise our bodies.

All animals that have skeletons are called vertebrates. Think of dogs, cats or even goldfish – they all have skeletons. The human skeleton has been studied for centuries and so we know a lot about it.

The word skeleton refers to the rigid or strong structure that protects the soft tissue (organs) of animals and people. As mentioned, the skeleton is the framework to which muscles and tendons are attached, enabling movement.

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