Functions of the skeleton

Skeletons are not just for freaking people out on halloween! The skeleton in fact has six really important functions.  

Shape

To provide a bony framework for the body and to give it shape.

Protection

To support and protect certain vital internal organs. For example the cranium protects are extremely precious brains.

Movement

To act as levers on which muscles can pull to produce joint motion.

Attachment

To provide surfaces for the attachment of soft tissues such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Production

Certain bones produce red blood and white blood cells and platelets from their red bone marrow.

Storage 

Bones also store several minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.Triglycerides (fat) are also stored in yellow bone marrow.

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