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1. To support the weight of the head, peripherals and trunk

2. To provide stability to the general structure of the whole body and maintain its shape and posture

3. To protect the spinal cord

4. To provide shock absorption by way of intervertebral discs and primary and secondary spinal curves

5. To permit and restrict movements by way of intervertebral discs, facets, ligaments and muscle attachments

6. To store some of the bodies minerals, such as calcium

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