Ox horn, polarised light microscopy

Ox horn, polarised light microscopy

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Caption: Polarised light micrograph of a fractured section of ox horn. Horn is composed of layers of keratin (the same substance as forms hair and nails). In addition to hair, most land mammals produce a type of hard keratin, known as horny keratin, in the form of nails, hooves, claws, horns and quills. Magnification: x68 at 10cm wide.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, fauna, horn, horny keratin, keratin, light microscope, mammal, microscopic, microscopy, nature, ox, oxen, polarised light micrograph, polarized, zoological, zoology

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