Skeleton (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

Skeleton (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

by Steve Parker


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Discover the story of human and animal skeletons—their evolution, structure, and function with DK Eyewitness Books: Skeleton. The skeleton is the framework of the body. It supports, moves, and protects, allowing us to walk, run, jump, and swim. Eyewitness: Skeleton brings its complexity and ingenuity of design vividly to life. Starting with the human skeleton, it explains how each set of bones functions. It examines in detail the construction of the skull, spine and rib cage, hands, arms, legs, and feet. Comparisons are drawn with the bones of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and mammals. See the 206 different bones in the human body, how your skull differs from a lion's or a chimp's, how teeth grow, and what the inside of a bone looks like. Learn how bones mend themselves when they break, why your hands and feet contain half the bones in your body, how many toes a horse has, and what has happened to the tail you once had. Discover which are the smallest bones in the human body, why some creatures wear their skeletons on the outside, what animal once owned the oldest bones ever found on Earth, and much, much more!

The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756607272
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 1,228,315
Product dimensions: 8.88(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Steve Parker is the author of more than 300 titles of children's and adult nonfiction. Before becoming a freelance writer, he worked at the Natural History Museum in London and as a managing editor at DK. His books include Eyewitness: Fish, Eyewitness: Electricity, Eyewitness: Seashore, The Human Body Book, and The Encyclopedia of Sharks.

Table of Contents

The human skeleton6
From bone to stone12
Fish, reptiles, and amphibians20
Skeletons on the outside22
Marine exoskeletons24
The human skull and teeth26
How the skull is built28
Animal skulls30
Animal senses32
Jaws and feeding34
Animal teeth36
The human spine38
Animal backbones40
The rib cage42
Human hip bones44
Animal hip bones46
The human arm and hand48
Arms, wings, and flippers50
Animal shoulder blades52
The human leg and foot54
Animal legs56
The largest and smallest bones58
Structure and repair of bones60
Glossary of bone names62
Did you know?64
Find out more68

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