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Atlanto-axial joint. Artwork of the bones (yellow) and ligaments (blue) of the atlanto-axial joint of the upper neck, as seen from above. The rear of the spine is at bottom. This joint is formed by the first and second cervical vertebrae (the atlas and axis bones). The ligaments shown include the transverse ligament of atlas. At the centre of the joint is the odontoid process.
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