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What are the three components of the axial skeleton

Lumbar Vertebrae Observations

Vertebral Feature Observations

Size of the lumbar vertebrae in comparison to those of the cervical and lumbar region

Shape of the vertebral body

Appearance and projection direction of the Spinous Process

Table 15: Rib Feature Observations

Rib Feature Observations

Length of ribs 1 – 7 (do they increase or decrease in length?)

Length or ribs 8 – 12 (do they increase or decrease in length?)

Articulation of the ribs and thoracic vertebrae (notice the specific rib and vertebra that articulate)

Post-Lab Questions

”1. What are the three components of the axial skeleton? Describe the function of each. ”

”2. On the skull below, fill in the blanks with the correct bone names. ”

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