28th October 2019


What does the skull do?

The human skull is the bony structure that forms the head in the human skeleton. It supports the structures of the face and forms a cavity for the brain. Like the skulls of other vertebrates, it protects the brain from injury.

Similarly one may ask, what is the role of the skull?

It supports the structures of the face and provides a protective cavity for the brain. The skull is composed of two parts: the cranium and the mandible. In some animals such as horned ungulates, the skull also has a defensive function by providing the mount (on the frontal bone) for the horns.

What are the 22 bones of the skull?

The facial bones consist of:
  • Mandible.
  • Two maxillae (singular: maxilla)
  • Vomer.
  • Two palatine bones.
  • Two nasal bones.
  • Two zygomatic bones.
  • Two nasal conchae (singular: concha)
  • Two lacrimal bones.

What is the main function of the skull?

The human skull contains 22 bones. Out of these 8 bones form a rigid hollow case called cranium. The function of cranium is to house and protect the brain. Other 14 bones form the face and are called facial bones.
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