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Skull – Mandible

The mandible is the lower jaw and articulates with the skull at the coronoid process and the mandibular condyle.   Two perpendicular parts (creating a right angle) are called the rami (ramu, singular.)   A hole at the front of the mandible provide an opening for nerves and …

Skull – Zygomatic Bone

The zygomatic bone articulates with the maxilla and the temporal bone and is the bone that makes up the cheek of the face.   The zygomatic process of the temporal bone is an extension of the temporal bone that connects to the zygomatic bone.     On the …

Sella Turcica of the Sphenoid Bone

This structure is names for its resemblance to a “turkish chair” and is found as a saddle-shaped depression on the sphenoid bone.   The indentation (or the seat) is where the pituitary gland is located. To find the sella turcica, locate the sphenoid bone from the inside of the …

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 …

Skull Quiz

  1. frontal 2. nasal 3. sphenoid 4. temporal 5. zygomatic 6. maxilla 7. mastoid process 8. mandible 9. mental foramen