One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in vertebrates) the skeletal framework which provides attachment for the forelimbs or pectoral fins, usually consisting of the scapulas and clavicles.
- ‘It is not clear how this joint functioned with the pectoral girdle still anchored to the dermal skull.’
- ‘In amphibians the inner ear is mechanically coupled to the pectoral girdle through the operculum.’
- ‘They plainly retained a keeled sternum and a robust pectoral girdle.’
- ‘The pectoral spine moves in the pectoral girdle to create sound.’
- ‘The shape of the pectoral girdle is typical of that of polycotylids.’
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