Occipitalis originates from tendinous fibres from the lateral two thirds of the superior nuchal line (of the occipital bone) and the mastoid part of the temporal bone. It inserts into the epicranial aponeurosis. 

It is supplied by the posterior auricular and occipital arteries. 

It is innervated by the posterior auricular branch of the facial nerve. 

Occipitalis can draw the scalp posteriorly.

Head and neck anatomy
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