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PlosOne publishes a study on the osteology of the barn owl’s cervical vertebrae


PlosOne publishes a study on the osteology of the barn owl’s cervical vertebrae by Markus Krings, John Nyakatura, Martin Fischer and Hermann Wagner entitled “The cervical spine of the American barn owl (Tyto furcata pratincola): I. Anatomy of the vertebrae and regionalization in their S-shaped arrangement” (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0091653). This study is a collaboration between Aachen and Jena. It demonstrates that the cervical spine contains many functionally different regions that allow a high degree of flexibility, and may be the source of the large head turns that barn owls are able to make.