Female bighorn sheep horn

Female bighorn sheep horn

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Caption: Horn from a female bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis). Unlike bony antlers, which are shed each year, horns are permanent body structures made of the protein keratin. Bighorn sheep exhibit sexual dimorphism - female horns are much smaller than those of adult males.

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