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Cat skeleton
Observations The cat has an oblong shaped skull with a large jaw of very sharp teeth, and large eye sockets. Cats have four limbs made up of two bones attached to "paw" bones. The paw bones are very long with sharp, rainbow shaped claws. The cat has many slender ribs that cover half the body. The ribs attach to a strong, flexible backbone which extends the entire length of the body.
Explanations Sharp teeth function to tear and shred prey. The large eye sockets support large eyes, indicating the cat has effective eyesight for hunting. The cat's limbs are very flexible to allow for optimal agility. The cat's hind claws are very sharp to give the animal good traction. The ribcage provides protection for the cat's organs.
California Standards Structures and functions
National Standards Structure and function
Related NSF Exemplary Curriculum Animal studies
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Katie Hale


Sep 01 2007



This material is based upon work that was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0127164 to California State University Fullerton. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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