One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Situated behind the temporal region of the skull; specifically designating the uppermost bone of the pectoral girdle of most bony fishes, situated dorsal to the supracleithrum and posterior to the temporal bone of the skull, which connects the skull to the pectoral girdle.
A post-temporal bone.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. From post- + temporal.
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