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 are located as protuberances on both sides of the foramen magnum, the large opening through which the spinal cord passes.

atlas and axis [ad name=”Souvrn 300×250″]


occipital condyle