The bones of the head also give rise to the bony component of the nasal skeleton. In this section, learn more about the bones of the head including: the skull, bony orbit, sphenoid bone, ethmoid bone, temporal bone, mandible, nasal skeleton and cranial foramina.
In this article, we shall look at the anatomy of the bones of the skull – their orientation, articulations, and clinical relevance. The cranium (also known as the neurocranium) is formed by the superior aspect of the skull. It encloses and protects the brain, meninges, and cerebral vasculature.
The names of the cranial bones can be remembered using the following mnemonic: This mnemonic not only helps you remember the cranial bone names, but also that there are 8 cranial bones (osseous parts) that form the skull. We are now going to discuss the anatomy and important features of each cranial bone in the order of the mnemonic.