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Skull Articulations

The top two vertebrae of the spine, the axis and the atlas form a joint (articulation) with the skull.  The superior articular facet of the atlas, shown in the photo (blue dot ) articulates with the occipital condyle on the lower surface of the skull.    The occipital condyles …

Types of Vertebrae

The cervical vertebrae are the first 7 vertebrae of the neck.   The first two (C1 and C2) are the axis and the atlas and have unique features associated with their role of holding up the skull and providing a pivot joint around which the skull can rotate. …

Atlas and Axis

The first two cervical vertebrae  are the atlas (C1)  and the axis (C2.) The atlas is named for the character from Greek Mythology who supported the globe, though in anatomy, the head is the globe.  In fact, the articular facets of the atlas align perfectly with the occipital …