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The skull is a bony structure in the head of many animals that supports the structures of the face and forms a protective cavity for the brain. The skull is composed of two parts: the cranium and the mandible. A skull without a mandible is only a cranium. Animals that have skulls are called craniates. The skull is a part of the skeleton.
Functions of the skull include protection of the brain, fixing the distance between the eyes to allow stereoscopic vision, and fixing the position of the ears to help the brain use auditory cues to judge direction and distance of sounds. In some animals, the skull also has a defensive function (e.g. horned ungulates); the frontal bone is where horns are mounted.
The English word “skull” is probably derived from Old Norse “skalli” meaning bald, while the Latin word cranium comes from the Greek root kranion.
The skull is made of a number of fused flat bones.
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Inspired by the work of Cezanne. A fauvist interpretation of Pyramid of Skulls. Painted in acrylics on 300gsm canvas texture acid-free acrylic paper.
“I don’t mind if my skull ends up on a shelf as long as it’s got my name on it.” Debbie Harry
Paul Cézanne – Pyramid of Skulls (c. 1901; Oil on canvas, 37 × 45.5 cm/ 14 5-8 × 17 7-8") The original can be seen here
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