What Are the 20 Major Bones in the Body?


The human body is full of many tiny bones, but there are only 20 bones that play a major part in the structure of our skeleton.


  • The skull is a major bone that protects the brain and surrounds it like a helmet.

Shoulders, Torso, and Hips

  • From top to bottom, the major bones of the shoulders and torso are: clavicle (collar bone), scapula (shoulder blade), sternum (breast bone), and ribs. The hip bone connects the torso to the legs.

Arms and Hands

  • From top to bottom, the major bones of the arms and hands are: humerus, ulna, radius, carpal (wrist), metacarpal, and phalanges (fingers).

Legs and Feet

  • From top to bottom, starting at the hips, the major bones of the legs and feet are: femur, patella, tibia, fibula, tarsal (ankle), metatarsals, and phalanges (toes).


  • The sacrum is a collection of tiny fused bones at the bottom of your spine and in between your hip bones.

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