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The tympani is a bone in the skull. [1] This bone plays a vital role in supporting the structure of the face, and more specifically plays a major role in the sensory system, housing the auditory-occipital connecting nerve. [2] There overall bone is split into two regions; The occipital and the auditory tympani. [3] The bone originally forms during embryonic development, growing as a cartilaginous mass from the retina, and then extending to the ear. The cartilage then ossified to form bone. This ensures an anchor is provided for the eye, but also allows for a solid housing structure for the auditory-occipital nerve, which allows for the consolidation of sight and sound in the sensory system.[4]

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