Preface. Acknowledgements. The primary tissues of the skeleton. Bone as a tissue. Bones of the body. Fresh weight of the skeleton. Fresh weights of individual bones. Weight of the "dry" or "dry, fat-free" skeleton. Weights of "dry" or "dry fat-free" bones. Relative amounts of compact and trabecular bone. Surface-to-volume ratios for compact and trabecular bone. Age- and gender-related changes in characteristics of compact bone. Age- and gender-related changes in characteristics of trabecular bone. Bone remodelling. Bone density. Composition of bone and bones. Cartilage. Bone marrow. Skeletal blood flow and blood content. Teeth. Summary of reference weights of major skeletal components. References.