Bones: Structure, Development, Growth,
This is the only week we will be working on bones in lecture...
their physiology doesn't really require more than one week. Next week we will be
working on joints in lecture, so that you can understand how the bones work together to
allow for movement.
Most people think of bones as only providing form and structure for
our bodies, but you will see that bone does more than that. You will learn about the
detailed microscopic structure of bone (more than we did in lab). Then you will be
ready to learn about how bones develop embryonically; this will guide you into learning
how they recover from injury.
All of this information is in your books. There is
also a section in your book that simply describes and lists the individual bones of
the body. This is material we will be doing in lab. Please note, however, that
the images and information on the many bones of the body in this chapter are an
excellent supplement to your lab book.
Follow the links at the top of this unit page to explore
There is an extremely comprehensive description of bones (and also
of joints for next week) put together for the Anatomy courses at Northland Community and
Technical College in Minnesota. It works like a slide show (made with the PowerPoint
software), and you just advance through the pages by pushing the forward arrow. If
you want to check out this Northland
Anatomy Page, follow the link and then select Bone and Skeletal Tissue. The
beginning of the slide show takes you through a lot of information about cartilage, which
we are not really working on this week. Also, there is much more information in the
slide show than we will cover, even more than Hole covers. So take a look at this
slide show after you've done the rest of the work for this week and use it to review.
Any information that is in the slide show that you didn't work on this week-- skip.