supports the head; allows a rocking motion in conjunction with the occipital condyles
dens here provides a pivot for rotation of the first cervical vertebra (C1)
vertebral type containing foramina in the transverse processes, through which the vertebral arteries ascend to reach the brain
"tail bone"; vestigial fuses vertebrae
massive vertebrae; weight-sustaining
composite bone; articulates with the hip bone laterally
transverse processes faceted for articulation with ribs; spinous process pointing sharply downward
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