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Posted on 08-22-2016

Recently I have been asked the name and purpose of some less known canine anatomy. This lead me to think perhaps others are being kept up at night staring at their BCF (Best Canine Friend) and wondering why in the world do have such strange structures on your body, what ever evolutionary purpose could they have?! Rest assured I have the answers!                                                                                                            The Marginal Pinna Flap: this is that cute little extra flap on the edge of your dog's outer pinnae. Purpose unknown. Although I think I think it is a change purse. Not very big, because they have no change!   Also speculated to be involved in sound frequencies.                                                                                                                                                             Macroscopic Papillae: These are the ridges on the lower lip. Purpose? Well it has been postulated they may be for sensing contents with in the oral cavity. Bears have a smiliar structure that helps them when picking berries off bushs.                                                                                                                                                                                         Well that is all the weird anatomy I have for today. Stay posted as additional strange anatomy is pondered.   Dr. Paula

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