Postorbital bone

The postorbital of a duck embryo fusing with the frontal during development.
A skull diagram of Dromaeosaurus, a dromaeosaurid dinosaur. The postorbital is colored dark blue.

The postorbital is one of the bones in vertebrate skulls which forms a portion of the dermal skull roof and, sometimes, a ring about the orbit. Generally, it is located behind the postfrontal and posteriorly to the orbital fenestra. In some vertebrates, the postorbital is fused with the postfrontal to create a postorbitofrontal. Birds have a separate postorbital as an embryo, but the bone fuses with the frontal before it hatches.


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