Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Nuchal Torus

Projecting transverse bar of bone on the occipital bone that is characteristic of Homo erectus; this bar of bone begins where the sharp angle of the H. erectus occipital ends superiorly and divides the occipital bone into upper and lower parts. Heavy neck musculature attached just below the nuchal torus. Aka occipital torus.

See torus.

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