Morphology of the melon and its tendinous connections to the facial muscles in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).

@article{Harper2008MorphologyOT,
  title={Morphology of the melon and its tendinous connections to the facial muscles in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).},
  author={Christine J. Harper and William A Mclellan and Sentiel A. Rommel and D. M. Gay and Richard Dillaman and D. Ann Pabst},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  year={2008},
  volume={269 7},
  pages={820-39}
}
The melon is a lipid-rich structure located in the forehead of odontocetes that functions to propagate echolocation sounds into the surrounding aquatic environment. To date, the melon's ability to guide and impedance match biosonar sounds to seawater has been attributed to its unique fatty acid composition. However, the melon is also acted upon by complex facial muscles derived from the m. maxillonasolabialis. The goal of this study was to investigate the gross morphology of the melon in… CONTINUE READING
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