What Is the Function of the Appendicular Skeleton?

The appendicular skeleton holds and supports the limbs of the human body, allowing humans to walk and manipulate things. According to the University of the Western Cape, the appendicular skeleton is comprised of the pelvic and shoulder girdles as well as the arms, legs, feet and hands that attach to them. These bones contrast with those of the axial skeleton, which includes only the skull, ribcage, hyoid bone and vertebrae.