A feeding adaptation of the jaw articulation in new world jays (Corvidae)

@article{Zusi1987AFA,
  title={A feeding adaptation of the jaw articulation in new world jays (Corvidae)},
  author={R. Zusi},
  journal={The Auk},
  year={1987},
  volume={104},
  pages={665-680}
}
  • R. Zusi
  • Published 1987
  • Biology
  • The Auk
  • --The jaw articulation of most endemic New World jays (Corvidae) has a condyle of the quadrate and an opposing cotyla of the lower jaw not found in other birds. They also have well-developed meatic articular facets of the quadrate and cranium. The tip of the rhamphotheca of the lower mandible is chisel shaped. These and other features constitute a functional unit, the buttress complex, that braces the partially opened lower jaw and enhances its use as a chisel. The buttress complex stabilizes… CONTINUE READING
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