-In continuation of the alligator gar head/skull project, here are some photos of phase 2. The head has completely thawed, which causes the muscles and joints to relax and allows for the jaws to be opened (not without some prying however). The following series of photos shows various shots of the thawed alligator gar head before entering phase 3.
Here is a shot of the fully thawed head:
A posterior shot of the head, showing muscle, nerve, and bone detail:
Dorsal shot of the head; note the distinct bony plates comprising the skull:
A shot of the head with jaws pried open; note the prominent secondary row of teeth in the upper jaw, which is characteristic of the genus Atractosteus:
Straight into the mouth of the beast. Note the rounded forked tongue; the indentation allows for adjustment of prey fishes to go down head first:
For scale (no pun intended!) you can compare to the size of my hand:
Will continue with updates for phase 3 in the near future!–