A mystery of the animal kingdom: How do owls turn their heads 270 degrees without damaging their blood vessels? At last an answer, published this week in Science
, as the winning poster
in the 2012 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. Fabian de Kok-Mercado, of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Philippe Gailloud, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, dissected and X-rayed owls to discover how the birds do the twist.
Images courtesy of: Fabian de Kok-Mercado Philippe Gailloud Michael Habib Tim Phelps Lydia Gregg Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Archival: Prelinger Archives; music by lucky dragons/free music archive