"To be, or not to be: that is the question" gave the skull its 15 minutes of fame -- and rightfully so. Rife with symbolism, the cranium is fascinating. But there’s plenty more to marvel at when it comes to the noggin. The average human skull features 22 bones. Together, the bones of the skull support the structure of the face and shelter the brain and brain stem. In other words, having a thick skull isn't necessarily a bad thing.


1. Main Parts of the Skull

The human skull is made up of two main parts: the neurocranium and the viscerocranium. The neurocranium or braincase keeps the brain safe. You could think of it as a kind of scaffolding for the brain and meninges. The viscerocranium, or the facial skeleton, is more like a molding, supporting the facial muscles and giving your face its unique features. So, where does the braincase stop and the facial skeleton start? The bones between your temple and your jaw are the facial bones. Everything else is the neurocranium.

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