What is This? A Rejected "Phantom of the Opera" Mask?

Hint: It's actually something you might have lying around the house.

By Andrew Grant|Monday, August 02, 2010
RELATED TAGS: FETUS, CATS
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Pike Peres/2008 Olympus Bioscapes Digital Imaging Competition

Answer: A fetal cat

This micrograph image reveals a cross-section of the head of a fetal cat, its imposing eye sockets clearly visible. Neuroscientists have studied the shuttling of neurons between the eyes and brain of fetal cats to shed light on visual development in mammals.

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