The following are simply photographs from a recent exercise in observing a Snapping Turtle skull.
Using a proscope, (essentially a hand held microscope but with less intense magnification) closer observations were made. Note the multiple textures exhibited by this single bone.
|Somewhat porous looking spongy bone. Note the microfracture that almost bisects the image. |
This was probably an active seam of the bone during the animal's life, allowing the skull to move and change shape through growth and maturation.
|Edge of Optic or Nasal cavity, where keratinaceous beak grows.|
|A view through the eye (at other orifices).|