Temporal bones

The temporal bones are among the cranial bones of the head.

Location:

The temporal bones are located:

  • at the sides of the skull
  • below the parietal bones, and
  • above and behind the ears.

Function(s):

  • Mechanical protection of the brain, which is a function that the temporal bones perform in conjunction with other bones of the skull.

See notes about, and labelled diagrams of, all human cranial and facial bones on one page.

More about Bones and the Skeletal System:

This website includes many pages about bones and the skeletal system. The following pages may be of interest. These also link to further pages about related topics such as specific types of fractures, bone diseases and so on.

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