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4.2.1 Introduction to the facial skeleton and base of skull


In this section we’ll look at the bones of the facial skeleton, and at the part of the skull the facial skeleton is attached to, the base of the cranium. Understanding the bony anatomy of this region will give us a good foundation for understanding some large and important areas of the head and neck. We’ll begin by taking an all around look at the main bony features of the region. Then, we’ll look at the individual named bones that make up the facial skeleton and the base of the cranium. Lastly, we’ll look at the openings in the base of the cranium, which some important nerves and blood vessels pass through.

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