lateral part of occipital bone

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lat·er·al part of oc·cip·i·tal bone

the part of the occipital bone that lies on either side of the foramen magnum.
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The proatlas gives rise to the exoccipital bone and participates in the formation of the occipital condyle and the tip of the odontoid process).
For example, with the exception of the relative timing of ossification of the exoccipital bone, there is only minor variation in the sequence of onset of ossification of cranial bones among taxa.
The exoccipital bone, however, has achieved developmental independence from the rest of the bones surrounding the cranium.