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Moving and Growing

Science Index
Bones
Human Skeletons
Skeletons of
animals and birds
Muscles
Homework Index
Interactive Literacy
Interactive Maths
Interactive Science

 

 

 

 

Science Index
Bones
Human Skeletons
Skeletons of
animals and birds
Muscles
Homework Index
Interactive Literacy
Interactive Maths
Interactive Science

 

Skeletons of Animals and Birds

Some animals have a backbone. Some do not.

Animals with backbones are called vertebrates - backboned animals.

Backboned animals have a hard body frame inside them - their skeleton.

Quick Fact: Bones give support and allow animals to move.

Fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals have a skeleton.

You are a mammal. You have a bony skeleton. Your skeleton grows with you.

Quick Fact: Animals that have a skeleton inside their body are called vertebrates. Those that have a protective layer outside their body and no bones inside are called invertebrates.

Try Build a Skeleton and see if you can find some similarities between the different skeleton types.

Skeletons and skulls of Animals
See photos of the skeletons and skulls of different animal

Drawing of a bird Skeleton
Birds have lightweight bones, many of which are hollow. For added strength, the hollow bones are supported by internal struts (much like the struts that support the hollow wings of planes).If bird bones were solid, like human bones, birds would be too heavy, which would make flight very difficult.

Large Picture of a Skeleton Frog

Skeleton of a dog

Skeleton of a cat

Drawing of a skeleton of a cow

Skeleton of a horse

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