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The study of the structure of organisms and their parts.

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Why is there debate about thymus being an endocrine gland?

I read on my textbook that there is debate about whether thymus is an endocrine gland. But they do have glandular cells no? Is producing T Cells the only point for thinking it not as a part of ...
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Can human eys/the brain be trained to see with bidirectional monocular vision?

Most people have a dominant eye, and while it uses its non-dominant eye in tandem with the dominant eye most of the time, the brain, being an expert in eliminating redunant information, ignores the ...
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Is the male bee's penis homologous to the female bee's stinger?

Considering that when a bee stings it loses its stinger and dies, this is similar to the male drone losing its penis and dying after copulation. It also seems similar that each event basically rips ...
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The first species having circle of Willis (circulus arteriosus cerebri)?

I know mammals are not the only species that have this anatomical unit (i.e. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3982101/). But I was wondering what was the first species that had a similar ...
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What is the anatomical term for a two jointed leg?

Allow me to apologize in advance for the layman's terminology. I'm wondering what the anatomical term for a cat- or a goat-style hind leg is. Cats, goats, t-rexes, and many many other animals don't ...
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Anatomical Angle Made by the Fingers of an Extended Palm

Does the angle made by the fingers (excluding the thumb) of an extended palm (as shown in the figure below) have a name (such as the Lovibond or Cobb angle, for instance) ? I have already checked ...
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Does the octopus have an anus? What does it look like?

Octopuses are cephalopods, which have separate anal and oral openings. Indeed, descriptions of the cephalopod GI tract clearly depict an anal opening. However, I am very confused about how this ...
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What reason that land vertebrate evolve keratin while other animal use chitin

I don't know why there are evolutionary split in material. Why we evolve keratin and lose chitin? What the advantage and disadvantage for each material? Is it because the size or there are other ...
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Accommodation mechanism. [closed]

Can anyone explain how contraction of the ciliary muscles causes relaxation of the zonules? Please explain it anatomically i.e. the attachments of ciliary muscles and its relation with the ...
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Do male humans have a mons pubis?

Wikipedia writes: In human anatomy, and in mammals in general, the mons pubis (also known simply as the mons, and known specifically in females as the mons Venus or mons veneris), is a rounded mass ...
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Do any non-human species have packed abs?

The classic "six-pack abs" in humans is due to tendons stretched across the abdominal muscles and low body fat. Do any other animals have a similar arrangement of tendons that could result in visible "...
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What is the circulation that allows for nutrient absorption and excrete of metabolic wastes in humans? [closed]

Pulmonary veins carry oxygenated blood from lungs to heart, while pulmonary arteries carry deoxygenated/CO2 rich blood from heart to lungs. On the other hand, systemic arteries carry oxygen-rich blood ...
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Why do some drugs require you to take them in an “upright position”?

A friend of mine was taking the supplement Metamucil and on the container it says to take in an "upright position." Why would this be necessary? Doesn't your digestive system push food/liquid ...
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Can defibrillation be done with a car battery?

Can successful defibrillation be done with a car battery? Is it POSSIBLE for this to work? Let's say you are stuck on a very remote place and something happens to someone... Moreover, can you jump ...
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What does it mean for muscles origins and insertions to be the other way around in the right than left limb?

Herbert Srebnik writes in Concepts in Anatomy: In the right limb, the muscle's origin is proximal to the joint and the insertion is distal to it. In the left limb, the muscle's origin is distal ...
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Does size matter?

As I compare the morphologic differences between mouse models and the human disease for which they are analogous, I have become interested in what difference interspecies size has on molecular ...
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Why the name hypopharynx?

Why the tongue (like structure) in cockroach (or other insects) is called hypopharynx? In humans I know it's the lower part of pharynx, not a structure. Isn't this anatomical name misleading? Are ...
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Skull mystery on beach

The skull was found on a beach on the Sechelt inlet on Canada's pacific coast. A marine environment. What species is this skull from?
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Do nematodes have organ-level organisation?

Some introductory biology books state that nematodes have a pseudocoelom. So, they have a false body cavity. So, does it also mean that they have organ level body organisation?
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Explanation of the ‘cherry red spot' in Tay Sachs disease

In Tay Sachs disease, a hallmark symptom is a cherry red spot in the macula of the eye surrounded by a halo of white. I understand that the ganglion cells, which are higher in numbers around the ...
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Cross section through the right arm question

Is the largest drawn vein on first attached pictue v. brachialis or did they make a mistake and it's actually v. basilica? Picture 1: Cross section through the right arm (source: Thieme, General ...
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Is the thecal sac ectoderm?

The thecal sac, or dural sac, is the membranous sheath of dura mater that surrounds the spinal cord and the cauda equina. The thecal sac contains the cerebrospinal fluid in which the spinal cord '...
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Why are vertebrae, specifically, so important in classification?

A fundamental level of animal classification is the distinction between vertebrates and invertebrates. The vertebrata are, arguably, often classified as higher life forms than the invertebrata. But ...
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Does the hepatic portal system form capillary beds?

Does the hepatic portal system form capillary beds? If so, is the capillary bed coordinated with that of arterial capillaries? What review paper might I look in?
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How does glucose delivered intraperitoneal (i.p.) get into the peripheral circulation?

Intraperitoneal delivery of drugs or fluids is something that occurs much more frequently in veterinary medicine than clinical medicine. In veterinary medicine or scientific studies using animals, ...
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Anatomical differences between herbivores and omnivores [closed]

What are differences of herbivores vs omnivores? I do not mean dietary differences (obviously), but physical ones. E.g., afaik herbivores have a much longer digestive tract than carnivores; then ...
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What is the term for toes that pull together with an upstep?

I fairly recently learned the term digitigrade, to describe the anatomy of a creature that stands on its toes rather than on the flat of its foot, like cats and ...
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What causes the opaque green colour in Lepidoptera?

Link here to what I mean by 'opaque' colouration on the insect, the colour intensity remains constant despite changes in light intensity and angle (not shown by the picture but the moth exhibits this ...
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Examples of animals with 12-28 legs?

Many commonly known animals' limbs usually number between 0 and 10. For example, a non-exhaustive list: snakes have 0 Members of Bipedidae have 2 legs. Birds and humans have 2 legs (but 4 limbs) Most ...
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Symmetry of species [duplicate]

I've got a silly question, sorry for that. I know, that we probably have no the right answer and the current answer could be "that's evolution, external conditions". I'd like to speculate, why most of ...
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Why are belly buttons on the stomach (why does the umbilical cord end up attached to the stomach)?

Belly buttons are at the site where the umbilical cord was attached to us as we developed inside our mothers. The same is true for all placental mammals. Why are belly buttons on the stomach? Why ...
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Why does the kidney of a cow have lobules, why the kidney of a human hasn't any?

The kidney of a cow has lobules, while the kidney of a human hasn't any. I can't think of any reason why it would be good for a kidney to have lobules. It would be good if the kidney needed to have a ...
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What is the role of gills in terrestrial Crustaceans?

Why do Crustaceans that live on land have maintained their gills? In aquatic species, the gills play a pivotal role in respiration, but terrestrial crustaceans have tracheal lungs. So why do they have ...
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Front versus back in animal anatomy [closed]

Throughout various species, there seems to be a clear distinction between the front and the back. The musculature of the front, when engaged, closes or curls up the body, protecting it, while the ...
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Is the prostate problem unique to humans?

In human males the urethra goes through the prostate rather than around it, which tends to create problems for older men as the prostate enlarges. Is this only a human problem or do other animals, ...
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Organ secretions

If an animal secrets an enzyme from an organ that is entirely dedicated for the same secretion, can one or cannot one just use the gene coding for that protein to obtain the protein in vitro. How much ...
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Why do snakes not have eyelids?

Why is it that snakes do not have eyelids? Is it due to that fact that they are not as evolved as we humans and other organisms that have eye lids, or is there any other significance behind it if any?...
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Please identify organ

This is the gut area of an Eastern Grey Kangaroo taken of a property in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. The top red organ appears to be the spleen but what is the elongated tubular organ ...
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Is lung size/shape a factor in long-continuous running of animals?

Apart from other factors, does lung shape/structure/size play any role in long-continuous running animals. Is there any similarity in lung structure between different long-continuous running species?
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Why are there no known animals with an odd number of legs?

In my 6th grade science book it is said that there are no three legged animals, and that no animal with an odd number of limbs exists. I checked Wikipedia and could confirm this: There are no ...
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How much force can connective tissue withstand?

I have been studying a 3D anatomy model. Based on visual observation, it doesn't look like the bones would be able to stabilize themselves at all without the connective tissue like ligaments. In the ...
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Why do adult insects have 6 legs?

Apparently, there is an advantage to having 6 legs in the insect world. What is that advantage, if anything? Why would such an advantage exist for insects, but not for other, larger land animals? ...
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What is the radius of the Ora Serrata and lens in rabbits?

I'm interesting in estimating the surface area of the hyaloid membrane connecting the vitreous and aqueous chambers. This is a crude estimate however i'm struggling to find parameter values for ...
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How does this headless fish still move?

There is a (VIDEO) on Facebook where the fish starts to flail around despite no heart or internal organs. What causes the fish to flail around the way it does? My theories: It is because of ...
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How do other primates treat their fingernails?

Do all primates have to trim their fingernails in some way, or do some primates' fingernails wear off through natural use? Also, is constant nail growth common to all primates?
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Why did Opabinia have 5 eyes?

I recently read about a fossil called Opabinia. What intrigues me is that it had five eyes. I was under the impression that most features, such as eyes, ears and legs are always even-numbered, i.e., 2,...
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Does “squinting” make you concentrate better on a logic test?

We have all had those moments of intense concentration on some tough exam, perhaps a college test or whatever... Why is it that when we squint, it feels like we can focus and concentrate better on ...
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How can bats hear such high frequencies?

I attended a talk that glossed over some biology as it was talking about a certain protein. The speaker mentioned humans can hear up to, often less than 20kHz frequencies, whereas bats can hear up to ...
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is left brachiochephalic vein and left pulmonary artery is same?

I am reading about ligamentum arteriosum which connects the left pulmonary artery and descending aorta. But I am seeing that if any figure shows left brachiochephalic vein it does not show left ...
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Differing number of “things” in mammals [closed]

I'm not a biology expert, but I have often wondered about the following facts of life: All mammals have precisely 5 fingers on each of our 4 extremities. Granted, some may not be seen, but the bone ...