Human Skeleton Model Review

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What Makes a Good Human Skeleton Model?

Human skeleton models are useful tools for learning the structure of the human body, and many models include information beyond bones like muscle origins, major tendons and some of the body’s movements.

Human Skeleton Model: What to Look For

We compared the models on our list in several areas, including the skeleton details, flexible and removable parts and accompanied learning materials. For informational purposes, we’ve also given some basic specifications including height, gender, model material and required assembly.

Skeleton Details
In this section we provide details about what information is represented in each model. In addition to skeletal structure, some of our models include components representing muscles, tendons, nerve branches and movement. Some models have numbered parts and come with an identification guide, making them particularly useful for educational applications.

Although we gave higher ratings to models that featured more details, this rating does not necessarily mean one product is better than another. When choosing between our top rated models, keep in mind that different models are appropriate for different uses. For example, the lowest-rated model Physiological Phil is more appropriate for physical therapy applications than the higher-rated model Mr. Bucky Numbered Skeleton Model. Likewise, the Deluxe Adult Female Skeleton offers a more realistic study of bone structure than the highest rated model, Super Skeleton Model Sam.

Flexible Parts
In this section we list the flexible parts of each skeleton. Because the bones in a real human body are held together by a slew of connective materials, it is tricky to create a bones-only model that mimics natural movements. Most human skeleton models are held together with metal pins, which can provide some range of motion but cannot replicate the natural style of movement offered by a network of muscles and tendons. Thus, the Life Size Human Skeleton model, while not one of the most detailed models on our list, got high ratings for its flexible parts even though the flexibility does not mimic natural human movement. Some of the models on our list utilize rubber bands and other flexible materials to allow for skeletal movement more representative of the actual physical structure of the human body.

Removable Parts
Next we list each model’s removable parts. Most of the models on our list have removable arms and legs (these parts typically have to be initially assembled and/or attached after you receive your model). All the models on our list also have a removable calvarium, commonly known as the “skull cap,” which is actually made up of four different bones. The inside of the calvarium shows ridges and indentations where the brain and nervous system are connected, and by removing this piece you can observe the various connective areas inside the skull including the area below the brain.

Educational Materials
Finally, we listed the educational materials that accompany each model, including a guide to the bones, more detailed bone information and non-skeletal anatomy information.

Human skeleton models are fixtures in many science classrooms, from middle school to the most advanced medical school settings. They are also useful for doctors and physical therapists who want to demonstrate medical principles, structures and disorders to their patients. As a bonus, they can be dressed up for the holidays!

For more information, check out our articles on the human skeleton model in the TopTenREVIEWS' Learning Center. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To.™

 
 
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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Super Skeleton Model Sam Life Size Human Skeleton Mr. Bucky Numbered Skeleton Model Budget Bucky Skeleton with Stand Flexible Skeleton Model Fred Muscled Skeleton Model Ligament Skeleton Leo Deluxe Adult Female Skeleton Human Skeleton Model Stan Physiological Human Skeleton Model
Super Skeleton Model Sam Life Size Human Skeleton Mr. Bucky Numbered Skeleton Model Budget Bucky Skeleton with Stand Flexible Skeleton Model Fred Muscled Skeleton Model Ligament Skeleton Leo Deluxe Adult Female Skeleton Human Skeleton Model Stan Physiological Human Skeleton Model
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Lowest Price
Visit Super Skeleton Model Sam
$791.25
Visit Life Size Human Skeleton
$449.95
Visit Mr. Bucky Numbered Skeleton Model
$272.00
Visit Budget Bucky Skeleton with Stand
$240.00
Visit Flexible Skeleton Model Fred
$533.00
Visit Muscled Skeleton Model
$1,570.36
Visit Ligament Skeleton Leo
$711.00
Visit Deluxe Adult Female Skeleton
$1,849.00
Visit Human Skeleton Model Stan
$292.75
Visit Physiological Human Skeleton Model Phil
$853.50
Ratings
9.23
7.63
7.63
7.13
5.95
5.78
4.25
3.95
3.95
3.60
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
10.00
9.38
7.50
10.00
7.50
10.00
7.50
5.00
6.25
7.50
7.50
10.00
6.25
7.50
7.50
7.50
6.25
10.00
6.25
0.00
9.38
9.38
2.50
0.00
3.75
6.25
6.25
0.00
3.75
3.75
7.50
0.00
3.75
5.00
6.25
0.00
0.00
9.38
5.00
0.00
 
Basic Specification
Assembly Required
Display Stand
Gender Male Male Male Male Male Male Male Female Male Male
Height (inches) 67 61 66 66 67 72 67 67 67 73
Material Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Somso-Plast (silicon-based rubber) Plastic Plastic
Numbered Parts
 
       
Skeleton Details
Herniated/prolapsed Disk in Spine
    
Muscle Origins/Insertions Marked
   
    
Nerve Branches Marked
    
Realistic Texture
     
 
Imitation Tendons/Ligaments
    
   
Vertebral Artery Marked
    
Flexible Parts
Arms
One Side
 
Fingers  
   One Hand One Side     
Jaw
One Side
 
Joints
One Side
Legs
One Side
 
Spine
  
    
Removable Parts
Arms
 
 
Calvarium
Feet        
  
Hands           
Legs
 
Teeth
      
Educational Materials
Bone Guide
      
General Anatomy Information
 
       
Detailed Bone Information
 
      
Intended Uses
Primary School  
    
 
Secondary School
Doctor's Office
   
 
Physical Therapy