12 September 2010

Whales!

A recent story about a large whale skeleton found in the Thames reminded me of this bad boy that normally sits in my study. My dad found this and several other bones on a beach in Donegal several years ago. This bone is the atlas, the first cervical vertebra. Those big ovals either side are the articular surfaces that interface with the base of the skull. The spinal cord goes down the big hole in the middle.

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  1. Baleen whales are in one of three classes by how they feed, and the correct whale is in the Skimmer classification. cheap essay. They feed on krill by moving gradually through the water taking in the krill in the water through a hole in the front of their baleen, catching the krill as the water exits through the sides of their mouths at the back edges.

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