General Science Skeleton & Muscles Flash Card Set 289401

Cards 10
Focus Skeleton & Muscles
Topics Bones & Cartilage, Endoskeleton, Exoskeleton, Tendons & Ligaments

Study Guide

Bones & Cartilage

Hard bones provide primary support for the endoskeleton while more flexible cartilage is found at the end of all bones, at the joints, and in the nose and ears. In addition to providing support and protecting bodily organs, bones also produce blood cells and store minerals like calcium.


An endoskeleton (internal skeleton) is a charateristic of vertebrate animals, including humans.


An exoskeleton (external skeleton) is common in arthropods like insects, spiders, and crustaceans.

Tendons & Ligaments

Tough fibrous cords of connective tissue called tendons connect muscles to the skeleton while another type of connective tissue called ligaments connect bones to other bones at joints (elbow, knee, fingers, spinal column).