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Axial vs. Appendicular Skeleton

Axial vs. Appendicular Skeleton

Author: Aaron Mullally

- Identify what bones are found within the axial skeleton

- Identify which bones are found within the appendicular skeleton

- Describe what axis means

- Describe what the girdles are and identify their location and composition

This tutorial will get you started with the gross anatomy of the skeleton. It's very important you start with this packet because it is critical you know what the differences between the axial and appendicular skeleton are.

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We are composed of one skeleton that can be divided into two major regions, the axial and appendicular skeleton. The axial skeleton makes up our central axis and consists of the following bones: skull, vertebrae, ribs and sternum.

The appendicular skeleton consists of the limbs and girdles. The girdles are the attachment points for the limbs. The pelvic girdle is the attachment point for our thigh bone (femur) and consists of an individual os coxae (ilium, icshium, pubis). The pectoral girdle is formed by the clavicle and scapula and serves as the attachment point for our are (humerus).

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Axial vs. Appendicular Skeleton

This video goes over the differences between the axial and appendicular skeleton

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