The atlas is a ring-shaped bone that allows the head to pivot and tilt in most vertebrates while also protecting the spinal cord.
It is the first of seven cervical vertebrae in the spine and one of the most important bones in the body. An amazing achievement of evolution, this simple bone allows a wide range of movement while also protecting the delicate brainstem that passes through its center. Nodding your head is only possible because of this bone.
The atlas bone is named from the mythical Greek god who carried the world on his shoulders, as its function is to support the globe of the head.
A broken atlas is called a Jefferson fracture after a British neurosurgeon who documented incidents which led to the unusual injury.
This particular atlas belonged to a wild coyote and is similar in size to that of an average human.
These bones have been ethically sourced from naturally deceased animals in the wild
Dimensions: approximately 2"-3.5"