The Hip Bone Is Connected to the

Now that you've got those basics, here's more you should know about anatomy.

The skeleton has 206 bones, held together by ligaments. At the joints, the bones are covered with a thin layer of cartilage to protect them against wear and tear. There is connective tissue and fluid to lubricate the joints.

The body is supported by the spine, 33 vertebrae from the skull through the shoulders, rib cage, and down to the pelvis.

The rib cage forms a barrel-like structure to hold and protect the heart and lungs.

The arms hang from the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder, and bend and rotate at the elbow joint and the wrist joint, which in turn allow the complex flexing of the hand.

The pelvis, a basin-like arrangement at the end of the spine, supports and protects the intestinal system.

Weight is transferred to the large bones of the legs at the ball-and-socket joint of the hip, transferred down the leg at the knee joint, and ends in the base formed by the feet.

Hand Bone Holding Ball Drawing

The skeletal system: Familiarity with the skeleton will inform your figure drawings with a knowledge of what's under the skin.

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