lynxdaemonskye submitted: A few days before Christmas, I asked you if you had ever heard of the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City. This is one of the pictures I took when I was there! It is kind of a small place, but it is full of interesting skeletons, and I definitely recommend it. (There are lots more pictures on my blog, if anyone is interested.)
I love Hornbills! Thank you so much for the submission. What I love about this image is that it depicts the unique texture of the bird’s bill which is inherently a part of the bone, not just an accumulation of keratin creating the interesting wavy pattern. Also, their beaks (like those of toucans or toucanets) are hollow; if they were any type of dense or heavy bone, they certainly wouldn’t able to support the extra weight with their skinny cervical bones or ever hope to become airborne.
That has to be one of the most “so silly its epic skeletons” ever.