Virtual museum of Canada
Collections from Storage: A Visit to our Hidden Treasures

Skeletons are an excellent teaching tool for biology and comparative anatomy. Like many other museums that arose within teaching institutions, it is not unusual to see skeletons in these collections. They are also much easier to keep.

This is the skeleton of a Barn Owl. Note the deeply chiselled orbits in the skull. From them you can guess at the huge size of the eyes, which allowed a great deal of light to enter. Contrary to what we see with many species of birds, the orbits are also turned to the front rather than to the side. This position allows an overlapping of the field of vision of each eye and therefore a greater binocular vision towards the front. These characteristics are even more useful for night-hunting birds such as this Barn Owl.

Entire skeleton of a Barn Owl

Credits : Musée de la nature et des sciences, Sherbrooke

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