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medial phalanges
© Harry Pristis 2012

medial phalanges

Harry Pristis

Medial phalanges - middle toe bones between the ungual and the proximal toe bones - are frequently preserved as fossils. They are preserved because they are dense and poorly vascularized. Furthermore, they don't have much flesh surrounding them - not attractive meals for anything that might eat other parts of the animal.

In this image, there are two very different, large animals represented. If you can identify the animals without peeking, leave a comment here. If you're curious to see more images, and you want to find out what the animals are, you can navigate over to this TFF thread:


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© Harry Pristis 2012
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