• Rictal Bristles

    2 monthes ago - By Ornithology

    Small Green Barbet
    I learned the other day that synchronized swimmers don't shave their legs, at least not to the point of smoothness. Apparently the hair on their legs gives them a sense of where their legs are in the water. Try lightly running your hand along your hairy arm or leg - there clearly is a sense of touch connected with our hirsuteness, as meager as it may be. We also know that cats, mice, dogs, and many other mammals use their whiskers, bristles, vibrissae, or whatever one calls them, to sense their environment by touch. Now, lots of birds have bristles around their jaws and...
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