One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Situated at the back of the orbit or eye socket, in particular denoting a process of the frontal bone which in some reptiles forms a separate bone.
- ‘The skulls of mormoopids lack postorbital processes.’
- ‘The skull of a colugo is very distinctive, broad and flat in outline and with a nearly complete postorbital process that sets off the eye sockets.’
- ‘The postorbital process of the frontal bone is sharp.’
- ‘All artiodactyls have a postorbital bar or process.’
- ‘The orbit is far back in the skull, behind the teeth, and the postorbital processes are broad.’
A postorbital bone.
- ‘The capitate processes are small and visible through the supratemporal fenestrae dorsally, fitting within fossae in the postorbitals.’
- ‘Anteriorly, the postorbital contacts the jugal, and posteriorly the postorbital enters the upper temporal arch.’
- ‘Lateral processes for the postorbitals are short, and a broad sutural contact with the laterosphenoid occurs within the supratemporal space.’
- ‘Again, there may be individual variation and some exceptions, but the general rule is six bones: three operculars, the squamosal, a postorbital, and any posterior process of the lacrimojugal.’
- ‘For example, in the Podcnemoidae, the jugal makes contact with the parietal, the postorbital being very reduced.’
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