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The Human Skeletal System
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Bones of the face

This is the page explaining the bones of the human face.

This is a labelled diagram showing all of the correct technical name for all the bones in the face


The facial skeleton consists of 14 stationary bones and a mobile lower jawbone (mandible).

These 14 bones form the basic shape of the face, and are responsible for providing

attachments for muscles that make the jaw move, control facial expressions, allow chewing,

drinking, speech and breathing. The skull isthe skeletal structure of the head, composed of the

 facial and cranial bones. The skull houses and protects the brain and most of the chief sense

organs; i.e., the eyes, ears, nose, and tongue.



This is further explaining all of the bones in the face
Zygomatic bone: makes up the prominence of the cheeks below and to the side of the eyes.
Mandible: Horizontal, horseshoe-shaped body with a flat portion projecting upward at each end. Superior border contains lower teeth. This is the longest, strongest and the only moveable bone in the skull.
Nasal bone: long, thin fused bones sitting midline to form the bridge of the nose.
Maxilla- Forms the upper jaw, hard palate, and the nasal cavity. Contains sockets of the upper teeth.
Sphenoid bone- two wing-like structures that help form the base of the cranium, sides of the skull, and floors and sides of the orbits
Frontal bone- forms anterior portion of the skull above the eyes
Parietal- forms the posterior portion of the skull, a flat bone, protecting the brain.