Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 15 On the Vertebrae of the Neck or Cervix

The second vertebra is larger than the several beneath

But lest Nature unjustly put forth too long or too wide a spine from a slender vertebra, she made the second vertebra larger than the several beneath it, not so much for the purpose of putting forth a spine as to insure that it should be fully adequate to the articulation which it constructs with the first vertebra. This is what we previously stated, that Nature has time and again created the higher vertebra greater than the lower. For the second is thicker, larger, and stronger than the third; and we have shown above that for the sake of the transverse processes the first is much wider than all the other neck vertebrae. 103



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 15 On the Vertebrae of the Neck or Cervix