GIANT microbes Skull
FACTS: You can feel it in your bones that you would not go far without your skull. This bony framework supports and protects your brain and face. The adult skull has cartilage, ligaments and 22 bones. The cranium has eight bones that surround the brain and form the inner ear. There are 14 facial bones including the eye sockets, nasal cavity, and the mandible or lower jaw. The mandible is the only part of the skull that moves, allowing you to chew, sing or even perform Hamlet. “Alas, poor Yorick!”
Babies have flexible skulls to pass through the birth canal and allow their brains to grow. Their skulls are held together with sutures, or joints between the bones. As babies grow, the sutures help the skull grow evenly. The bones gradually fuse to form a solid skull. Adult skulls can often be distinguished between male and female. Male skulls are heavier, whereas female skulls are rounder with less protruding mandibles.
Skulls have often represented death and evil. Mexico celebrates Dia de los Muertos with decorated skulls. Celtic culture viewed the skull as the seat of power. In Buddhism, the skull represents emptiness and ignorance. The skull and crossbones symbol has been used in ancient funeral rites, on the Jolly Roger pirate flag and to label poisons. Despite the historic symbolism, there is nothing negative or scary about the bones of your head. Skulls are protective and wonderful, so hold your head high.
Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry. Skull size: 8” x 7” x 5” (slightly larger than the average adult human skull)