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Re: Tongues

At 04:43 PM 30/11/00 -0800, Bryan McDevitt wrote:
There are no fossils of tongues because there are no
bones in tongues.

Where does this stuff come from? There certainly are bones in, or at least supporting, the tongues of birds and reptiles - namely the hyoid apparatus. Hyoid bones can be very large and well-developed - in the living matamata turtle they are as bigas the mandibular rami.

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