Now, the Sushruta Samhita says that, the number of bones in the human body is three hundred . The Vishnu Smriti (institutes of Vishnu ) following the orthodox ( Vedic ) non -medical opinion on the subject gives it as three hundred and sixty six We know that Nagarjuna the Buddhist redacter of the Sushruta Samhita, mentioned in his recension of the work that there are “three hundred bones in the human organism, but the followers of the Vedas say that their number is three hundred and sixty” which tallies with the number given in the Yajnavalkya Samhita. The Garuda Puranam gives the number as the three hundred and sixty two
This was given in the preface of Garuda Puranam, Now my questions are
Why does the number of bones vary in each text, Was it because of the time gap between their composition and evolution?
Presently the number of bones in an adult Human organism is 206, But the Vedas give the number to be 360, Was it because at the time of the composition of the Vedas Humans had 360 bones and because of evolution the number got reduced?