People make comparisons between how aliens would reassemble animals based on their skulls and how they actually seem

There was no such thing as a skull 500 million years ago. These bone plates evolved over time into the structural marvels that vertebrates—animals with spinal cords, such as you, me, and your pug—carry today.

In fact, skulls are such sophisticated natural wonders that they appear to belong to faraway, fantastic animals when viewed alone. And that alone is enough to provide a plethora of memesy ideas on the internet.

This time, people are thinking what aliens would do with the skulls of some of our planet’s most beloved residents, such as cats, dogs, and wild cutie pies. Scroll down to see the amusing results, but be warned: it might reveal that your chubby catto is actually a Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Ashley Mason-Burns-Meerschaert, the director of education at Skeletons: Museum of Osteology, spoke with us about these amazing bones. Bony fish, which can have over 100 bones in their skulls, turn out to be the vertebrates with the most bones in their skulls.

Although the skulls of different species may appear to be the same, there will be minor variances. “Some shrew and rodent species can only be identified by looking at tooth changes under a microscope,” Ashley explained.

There is also significant variation in skull size between individuals of the same species, as well as between men and females, which biologists call “sexual dimorphism.”

According to Ashley, animals’ skulls can vary over time for a variety of reasons, including growing better acclimated to their habitat, changing due to their food, or injuries incurred throughout their lives.

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It’s amazing how much information we can glean about an animal simply by examining the skeletal structures that support and protect soft tissues and organs.

Some skull characteristics, for example, can reveal an animal’s nature. “Large eye sockets allude to a nocturnal lifestyle (big eyes harvest more light),” according to Wired.Meanwhile, “large canine teeth indicate a craving for flesh,” and “lightweight bone riddled with air holes is an adaptation for life on the wing,” according to the researchers.

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Another fascinating feature of skulls is their amazing complexity. Consider this: a human skull contains 22 bones. It has eight cranial bones and fourteen facial bones, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The frontal, or forehead, bone is split in two when a newborn is born, but it unites as the child grows.

Let’s have a look at an alligator now. This reptile possesses 53 skull bones, more than twice as many as we have. However, it is far from the most skull bones discovered in a single animal.

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