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Question Video: Identifying a Bodily Structure from the Names of Bones Biology

Which bodily structure’s bones are made up of the carpals, metacarpals, and phalanges?

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Which bodily structure’s bones are made up of the carpals, metacarpals, and phalanges?

This question provides us with the names of three different sets of bones. And then it asks us to recall which bodily structure these bones belong to. Well, phalanges is the scientific name for the bones in our fingers and the bones in our toes. So we can narrow our answer choices down to either the hand or the foot.

Here, I’ve drawn a simplified diagram of the bones of the hand and the bones of the foot. We’ve already recalled that the fingers and toes are called phalanges. In the foot, the bones of the ankle and heel are called tarsals and the bones of the arch of the foot are called metatarsals, while in the hand the bones of the wrist are called carpals and the bones of the palm of the hand are called metacarpals. So the bodily structure that’s bones are made up of the carpals, metacarpals, and phalanges are the hands.

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