Foot anatomy question

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Subject: Foot anatomy question
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 10:24:59 +1100
A guestion for the anatomy experts:

I've been reading about bird foot anatomy.  What I've read describes 5
possible toe arrangements:
Anisodactyl, syndactyl, heterodactyl, zygodactyl, pamprodactyl.

Now pelicans have totipalmate feet, which looks to me like the 4 toes
always face forward.  But none of the toe arrangements above look like
that.  What gives?

Peter Shute

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