11 September 2011

Cheek pouches of the macaque

"They use the pouches while foraging in the same way that hamsters do."

For reasons I can't quite comprehend, this illustration comes from a medical textbook entitled "The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity, Considered from the Standpoint of Development and Comparative Anatomy," by George S. Huntington, 1903.

Via Biomedical Ephemera.


  1. Tetrapod Zoology did a whole series on pouches and similar structures in mammals, starting with primates.

    And yes, that is a weird place for it, but comparitive anatomy gets a bit stretchy sometimes.

  2. was just gonna say....you need something to compare to, if you're gonna do comparative anatomy!


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