Human skull

Human skull

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Credit: ROGER HARRIS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Human skull, computer artwork. The skull consists of numerous bones fused together to protect the organs of the head. The bones of the cranium (upper centre) cover and protect the brain. The eyes fit in the two large cavities (centre), while the nose covers the nasal cavity between the eyes. The cheek bones below the eyes run back around the face towards the ear holes on each side of the skull. The large spaces each side of the eyes are where the soft tissue of the temple is found. The lower jaw bone (mandible) slots into these spaces and is attached at flexible joints, allowing it to move. The upper and lower jaw bones contain 32 permanent teeth.

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