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6: The Skeleton

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    After completing this section, you should know:

    • the functions of the skeleton
    • the basic structure of a vertebrae and the regions of the vertebral column
    • the general structure of the skull
    • the difference between ‘true ribs’ and ‘floating ribs
    • the main bones of the fore and hind limbs, and their girdles and be able to identify them in a live cat, dog, or rabbit

    Contributors and Attributions

    • Ruth Lawson (Otago Polytechnic; Dunedin, New Zealand)