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Thread subject: Inside an osprey's mouth
||06/18/12 01:04 pm
||A photo on Dyfi's facebook page gives a very clear view of the inside of young Ceulan's mouth. I'm interested in the structure - the roof seems to have a gap between two pieces of flesh just the right size for his tongue to fit into. Plus there's a horizontal ridge across the middle and a vertical line dead centre.
I found it quite fascinating, particularly the space for the tongue. Maybe that's something to do with not having teeth to keep things in place? The ridges I guess help with eating in some way. Has anyone got any knowledge or theories?
||06/18/12 02:14 pm
||Google is wonderful. Very interesting question and interesting answer. Here I am trying my hyperlink stuff again.
||06/18/12 02:15 pm
||A choanal slit. Who knew? I wonder if I can play choanal in Scrabble on Facebook? I've got a similar pic of a 1 day old from banding a few years ago and was startled at the mouth structures it had
||06/18/12 02:26 pm
||Choanal in Scrabble. I should think so. You can't imagine the words my friends throw at me. I get back at them by using medical terms.
||06/18/12 05:15 pm
||Choanal - yes that's a good word, but how do I use up my Z's and Q's
||06/18/12 05:32 pm
||Thanks Vicki! I thought it looked like a slit, but decided it was my eyes playing tricks. Fascinating stuff, especially the bit about them being able to equalise air pressure when flying at height. I'd certainly never thought about birds' ears popping.
Evolution's pretty remarkable really :)
Congrats on the hyperlink success. And for Pam - try this
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