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Certain parts of the facial nerve cooperatively share structure of trigeminal nerve. For example, to reach the sublingual gland, the chorda tympani of the facial nerve joins the mandibular branch of the lingual nerve. Additionally, to reach the lacrimal gland of the eye, the greater petrosal nerve branch of the facial nerve joins the structure of the ...


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As part of your question, you ask if other animals can create sound without continuous airflow. Many insects (e.g. cicadas and moths) do exactly this by using tymbals. A tymbal/timbal is an external membrane organ that is controlled by muscles or wing movements, that cause the membrane to flip back and forth, creating clicks or other sounds. So in many ways ...


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Here is a list of woodwind instruments. Do you know of any (non-open) reed instrument that produces a note without anyone blowing air through them? Imagine a clarinet being played on someone's lap pouring out a melody. That would be very, very remarkable indeed. Our ability to produce sound from our throats is in theory like a reed instrument in music. ...



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