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Last friday I went to the Teylers museum in Haarlem (the Netherlands) with my
friend Ilja Nieuwland. We were going there to look at the Archie over there,
but I was very impressed by the beak they have of Phorosrhacus longissimus
(forgive me any
misspellings - monday is never my best day). I noticed something which struck
me as strange and we could not find a logical or any explanation for it. When
you look at the end of the beak (just before it turns into the hook) you see a
little knob on the
upper part of the beak. The lower beak has a little 'hole' where the knob would
normally touch the beak when it would be closed. Does anyone have any clue what
this little knob is and what it's function might be? Are there any living birds
these kind of knobs?
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