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Skeletons

Skeletons and skulls of reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and mammals illustrate biological adaptation and evolution. Learn which sea mammal's tooth was once thought to be a unicorn's horn. Count the number of vertebrae in a giraffe's neck. Compare a lion's skull with a housecat's. See how an animal's skeleton reflects its way of life.

Take a peek at the exhibit with our online photo tour.

View the female python skeleton donated by The Memphis Zoo after an unexpected disagreement between two of it's pythons. It seems that a zookeeper placed a chicken in the python area.  The male python gobbled one end of the chicken and his female mate grabbed the other.  In his excitement over the chicken, the male swallowed the female python's head.  Since a python's incisors are curved and non-retractable, there was no way possible for him to release the female.

Does a Giraffe have more neck bones than you?  Giraffes, the tallest of all land animals, are famous for their long necks.  But the giraffe has the same number of neck vertebrae as almost every other mammal.

See the narwhal, a small whale with a unique tooth arraignment.  Adult narwhals have only one pair of teeth.  In the male, the left tooth grows into a straight screw shaped tusk, up to ten feet long.  In the middle ages, the narwhal tooth was believed to be the horn of a unicorn.   

The Pink Palace Family of Museums occasionally places links to other websites on its own.  This is done as part of our mission to "inspire learning."  It is not an endorsement of the information or viewpoints you will find on the linked websites.

Our staff recommends the following links on skeletons.

What is a Narwhal?

SUPPORTS CURRICULUM STANDARDS RELATED TO:

  • TN Sci:  2, 5
  • MS Sci:  3a, 3b
  • AR Sci:  2
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