The atlas bone is located in the neck and is significant
because it is the upper-most vertebra, hence the point at which the spine
meets the head/skull.
(It is therefore obvious in the upper of the two diagrams to the right.)
The first (upper-most) vertebra.
Supports and balances the head.
Allows flexion and extension of the head.
Other related pages include Structure
and Functions of Bones (generally),
of the Skeletal System and Bones
of the Arms & Legs.
These may be of particular interest to students of courses in Massage, Reflexology,
Beauty Therapies, and other basic-level medical or clinical courses.
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