The 22 bones that make up the human skull can be divided into two groups:
- The eight bones that make up the neurocranium, which houses the brain
- The 14 facial bones, including the mandible, which make up the structure of the face
Grouping the 22 bones this way makes it easier to commit them to memory. It doesn’t hurt that many of them are paired, too! Let’s look at these groups in detail, starting with the eight bones that make up the neurocranium.
After listening to this Audio Brick, you should be able to:
- List and describe the bones of the skull.
- List and describe the bones of the neurocranium, orbit, and nose.
- Describe the fossae and foramina of the skull and list the structures that pass through each.
- Describe the anatomy and function of the sinuses.
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