pectoral girdle


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Recent Examples on the Web But paleontologists also noted that many mosasaur fossils have very large pectoral girdles, the area that supports the muscles of the forelimbs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Prehistoric Sea Monsters Had a Mean Breast Stroke," 25 Sep. 2019 Their analysis found that the pectoral girdle was likely the site of large muscle attachments. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Prehistoric Sea Monsters Had a Mean Breast Stroke," 25 Sep. 2019 In ray-finned fish, such as catfish, the pectoral girdle is directly attached to the skull and retracts when suction feeding occurs. National Geographic, "These Sharks Feed in a Surprising Way," 18 July 2017

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Pectoral girdle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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