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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Animal structure and function  >  Body systems  >  Skeleton  >  Bones  >  Jaws
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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...

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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis: fossil 2

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...

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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis: fossil 3

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...

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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis: fossil 4

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...

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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis: fossil 5

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...

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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis: fossil 6

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...

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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis: fossil 1

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...

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Female and male praying mantids

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of a female (left) and a male (right) praying mantid ('Archimantis latistylus') showing characteristic body structures. A scale is included. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Insecta, Order: Mantodea, Family: Mantidae.)

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Worker honey bee with stored pollen

This is a colour photograph of a worker honey bee ('Apis mellifera'), showing its body structure, compound eyes and the stored pollen on its back leg. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Apidae.)

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Common mud dauber wasp

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of a common mud dauber wasp ('Sceliphron laetum'). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Sphecidae.)

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Bilby skull

This is a colour photograph of the internal skull of a bilby ('Macrotis lagotis'). This museum specimen displays two components of the skull: the braincase with fused rostrum and the lower jaw. This image has a pale background and includes a black scale line representing 2 cm. (Classification - Phylum: Chordata, Class: ...

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Platypus skull

This is a colour photograph of the internal skull of a platypus ('Ornithorhynchus anatinus'). This museum specimen displays two components of the skull: the braincase with fused rostrum and the lower jaw. This image has a pale background and includes a black scale line representing 2 cm. Museum identification labels are ...

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Eastern horseshoe bat skull

This is a colour photograph of the internal skull of an eastern horseshoe bat ('Rhinolophus megaphyllus'). This museum specimen displays two components of the skull: the braincase with fused rostrum and the lower jaw. This image has a pale background and includes a thick black scale line representing 1 cm. (Classification ...

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Little red flying-fox skull

This is a colour photograph of the internal skull of a little red flying-fox ('Pteropus scapulatus'). This museum specimen displays two components of the skull: the braincase with fused rostrum and the lower jaw. This image has a pale background and includes a thick black scale line representing 2 cm. (Classification - ...

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Blue whale skull

This is a colour photograph of the external skull of a blue whale ('Balaenoptera musculus'). This museum specimen is a reconstruction of a skeleton of a 20.5-m-long blue whale provided to the South African Museum by a Norwegian whaling ship in 1909. The skull is viewed from above showing the braincase with fused rostrum ...