The skull is a bony structure located within the head that is composed of 22 individual bones. Functions include protection of the brain, providing a fixed distance between the eyes and the ears to enable stereoscopic vision and the use of auditory cues in the judgement of direction and distance of sounds respectively.


With the exception of the mandible (jawbone), all of the bones are joined together by sutures, rigid articulations that permit very little movement.

Neurocranium (braincase)Edit

This is comprised of one frontal, two parietal, one occipital, one sphenoid, two temporal and one ethmoid bone, forming a protective vault around the brain.