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A bone to pick – a quick quiz

By , 10 February 2021

Don’t let this quiz get under your skin! We’re investigating skeletons, but don’t get spooked. Get those bones moving and see if you can get full marks.

#1. How many ribs do people typically have?

Most people have 12 pairs of ribs, but some people have more or fewer ribs.

#2. Hitting it feels strange, but what is a funny bone really?

What is commonly called the funny bone is actually the ulnar nerve, one of the biggest nerves in the arm.

#3. True or false? Most of your blood cells are made inside your bones.

True. The marrow inside your bones is the main site where your body makes blood cells.

#4. Where would you find a patella bone?

The patella is a kneecap.

#5. How many long bones are commonly found in a human arm?

3. The humerus bone runs from the shoulder to the elbow, and the radius and ulna bones run from the elbow to the wrist.

Was I right?


Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!

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  1. I enjoy your quiz but have been unable to get the “Was I right” button to work.
    Not sure why?

  2. Oh no!
    The answers are:
    d) 12 pairs
    b) a big nerve
    d) in the leg
    b) 3


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