Horse hoof, polarised light microscopy

Horse hoof, polarised light microscopy

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Caption: Polarised light microscopy of a oblique section of the hoof of a horse (Equus ferus caballus). Hooves are 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. The ultrastructure of hoof resembles that of hair. Magnification: x68 at 10cm wide.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, equus ferus caballus, fauna, hoof, hooves, horny keratin, horse, keratin, light microscope, mammal, microscopic, microscopy, modified, nature, oblique section, polarised light micrograph, polarized, zoological, zoology

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