Streptostyly

Streptostyly

 

a type of suspension of the maxillary apparatus of reptiles, whereby the quadrate bone movably articulates with the cranium. The streptostyly increases the mobility of the jaws when the mouth is being opened. It was typical of predatory dinosaurs. Among living animals, the streptostyly is found in lizards and especially in snakes.

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The retroarticular process, streptostyly and the caecilian jaw closing system.