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Flat bones, like the skull or jaw bone develop from clusters of condensed mesenchyme. A developing fetal skull is shown in the above photo. Areas of condensed mesenchyme lie around the shelves and spicules of bone.  

The following photos show spicules of developing bone from this slide. Find osteoblasts, osteocytes, and condensed mesenchyme.  Also, can you find osteoclasts?

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Gwen V. Childs, Ph.D., FAAA

Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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