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Re: The Right-to-Left Shunt of Crocodilians Serves Digestion

Jeff Hecht writes:

Birds have lost the shunt capability present in crocodiles and reptiles (including snakes, some of which can eat meals bigger than their body weight).

How do lammergeiers manage to digest bones so quickly? Do they always have super-acidic digestive juices ready in the stomach? It's said they can swallow a long bone so that one end is still poking out of the beak while the other is rapidly disolving.


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