Scientists measure alligators' deadly jaws. The results: Alligators' jaws are deadly!
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What’s particularly striking is the fact that birds and alligators, unlike humans and other mammals, have a hinge-like joint in their pelvis that allows the pubic bone to move. When an alligator or bird inhales the pubic bone rocks downward, expanding the abdominal cavity.
One of the difficulties in this research was getting the creatures to bite like they really meant it, despite the fact that the pole was clearly not edible.