1. An apparatus for stabilizing a spine, comprising:a plurality of transverse rods, each of the transverse rods attachable to a vertebra;
a single central connector, comprising:
a plurality of links, each link having an elongated through-hole,
wherein each of the links are connected to, and in contact with, adjacent links through the elongated through-hole and each of the links are substantially aligned along a longitudinal axis;
wherein at least one connecting fastener extends through the elongated through-hole of at least one of the plurality of links, such that a longitudinal axis of the at least one connecting fastener intersects with one of the plurality of transverse rods; and
wherein each of the plurality of transverse rods are translationally fixed to at least one of the plurality of links, wherein at least one of the links is fixed to a bridge between the link and at least one of the transverse rods, the bridge having a smaller width than the link.