One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of two rounded knobs on the occipital bone that form a joint with the first cervical vertebra.
- ‘The exoccipitals are large and, with the basioccipital, form the occipital condyle for articulation with the first vertebra.’
- ‘The exoccipitals are pierced by four sets of foramina lateral and ventral to the occipital condyle.’
- ‘The basioccipital may bear several small foramina for the hypoglossal nerve near the base of the occipital condyle.’
- ‘The diplodocoid occipital condyle faces ventrally, suggesting that the head was held higher and at an angle to the line of the neck.’
- ‘The occipital condyle (the part that connects the skull to the back bones) is formed almost entirely by the basioccipital.’
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