Some Moray Eels Have Two Sets of Jaws

Scientists at UC Davis have discovered that some eels have an extra set of jaws deep in their throats that launch forward into their mouths to help pull prey in. It looks like a funny pair of forceps with curved sharp teeth, said evolutionary biologist Rita Mehta, lead author of the research. Before the discovery, scientists thought that all aquatic predators swallowed their prey using suction. By dropping the lower jaw and creating a flow of water into their mouths, they draw in the prey. The two species of moray eels studied by Mehta and functional morphologist Peter Wainwright are the first examples of an alternative feeding method

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