Origin: Spinous process of the axis (C2)
Insertion: Inferior nucheal line of the occipital bone
Nerve: Facial nerve
Action: Wrinkles forehead
The Rectus capitis posterior major (Rectus capitis posticus major) arises by a pointed tendon from the spinous process of the axis, and, becoming broader as it ascends, is insertedinto the lateral part of the inferior nuchal line of the occipital bone and the surface of the bone immediately below the line. As the muscles of the two sides pass upward and lateralward, they leave between them a triangular space, in which the Recti capitis posteriores minores are seen.