Occipital Bone

The occipital bone, a saucer-shaped membrane bone situated at the back and lower part of thecranium, is trapezoidal in shape and curved on itself. It is pierced by a large oval opening, the foramen magnum, through which the cranial cavity communicates with the vertebral canal.

Nicolas Henri Jacob – Illustration for Traité complet de l’anatomie de l’homme comprenant la médecine opératoire (1831-1854) by Jean-Baptiste Marc Bourgery.

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