The bone which forms the back and base of the skull and encircles the spinal cord.
- When this slip inserts onto the occipital bone or mastoid process it is named splenius capitis accessorius.
- The skull has a roughen surface to the parietal bone and the occipital bone.
- In general, neoplasms of the occipital bone are rather infrequent when compared to other bones of the skull.
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