- The bones of the Skull comprise two groups: bones of the cranium and bones of the face.
- Cranial bones create the cranial cavity, which encases the brain.
- The major cranial bones are the: frontal, temporal (paired), parietal (paired), occipital, and sphenoid (paired).
- The major facial bones are the mandible, maxilla (paired), nasal (paired), and zygomatic (paired) bones.
- A lateral view shows nicely that the facial bones are essentially placed onto the anteroinferior side of the skull.
- The mandible is known in lay terms as the jaw (the mandible is handled in its own separate glossary post).