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classification by shape

long bones

longer than wide with broad ends

short bones

length and width close to equal

flat bones

thin, flat shape with parallel surfaces

irregular bones

varied usually due to serving "many bosses"

examples of long bones

humerus, ulna, radius, metacarpls, femur, tiba, fibula, metatarsals, phalanges

examples of short bones

carpl group, tarsal group, sesamoid bones

examples of irregular bones

bones of face, vertebal column, coxal bones

long bones


long bones


long bones


long bones


flat bones


examples of flat bones

bones of the superior part of the skull, ribs, sternum

long bones


short bones

carpal group

short bones

tarsal group

short bones

sesamoid bones

flat bones


flat bones

bones of the superior part of the skull

irregular bones

bones of face

irregular bones

vertebral column

irregular bones

coxal bones

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