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Cervical 1 vertebra is called the atlas. It articulates superiorly with the condyles of the skull and inferiorly with the axis. It has the following special features in addition to the features of all cervical vertebrae (e.g. foramen transversarium).

                     It has no body

                     It has  no true spine

                     It has anterior and posterior tubercles of the anterior and posterior arches respectively

                     It has lateral masses instead of pedicle  and lamina

                     It has a long transverse process

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Transverse ligament of atlas
Anterior atlantooccipital membrane

 

 


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