Located near the temple, the temporal bone is part of the cranial vault and the middle and posterior cranial pits. Like many bones of the skull
, the temporal bone is formed by the fusion of the tympanic, squamosal, and petrous bones, a fusion that occurs in humans during adolescence
. From this point onwards, the temporal bone is described as being composed of three distinct parts: the squama, petromastoid part, and tympanic ring. Note that the tympanic ring contains the eardrum, which is involved in the transmission of sound.
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