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Bones of the Human Skull

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Frontal Bone

The frontal bone is found...well on the front of the skull (bones are highlighted in green).

Frontal Bone

Occipital Bone

The occipital bone is found on the back (or posterior side) of the skull.

Occipital Bone

When viewed from above (superior view) however it can appear quite different (top of skull removed).

Parietal Bone

The parietal bone is found on the top of the skull. There is a right and left parietal bone which are connected by the sagittal suture.

Parietal Bone

In this image both the left and right parietal bones are highlighted in green.

Zygomatic Bone

The zygomatic bone is also known as the cheek bone. There is a right and left zygomatic bone.

Temporal Bone

The temporal bone articulates with the zygomatic bone at the zygomatic process of the temporal bone.

Ethmoid Bone

The ethmoid bone looks small if only viewing the exterior portion, but it is actually quite large if viewed in isolation or with other bones faded from view.

Ethmoid Bone

Lateral view of the ethmoid bone with other bones faded.

Ethmoid Bone

Superior view of the ethmoid bone with other bones faded.

Sphenoid Bone

The sphenoid bone also looks small if viewing the exterior of the skull but actually occupies a large area of the interior of the skull.

Sphenoid Bone

The sphenoid bone viewed from the left.

Sphenoid Bone

Superior view of the sphenoid bone with top of the skull removed.

Lacrimal Bone

The lacrimal bone is a small bone found next to the nasal bones. There is a right and left lacrimal bone.

Nasal Bone

The nasal bone is found on the anterior side of the skull forming the structure of the front of the nose. There is a right and left nasal bone.

Nasal Bone

The left and right nasal bones both highlighted in green

Inferior Nasal Concha

The inferior nasal concha are found in pairs (left and right).

Palatine Bone

The palatine bone is found in pairs (left and right).

Maxilla Bone

The maxilla is found in pairs (a left and right).

Mandible Bone

The mandible or jaw bone.

The Vomer

The vomer is a small bone located in the nasal region.