Penguin Blog: FAQ: Do penguins have knees?



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Penguin Blog

*Friday, July 9, 2010*

- FAQ: Do penguins have knees? -

Looking at a penguin standing or waddling around on the island it may look
like they have very short legs and no knees.

But yes, penguins do have knees!

A penguin’s leg is composed of a short femur, knee, tibia and fibula. The
upper leg bones are not visible as they are covered in feathers giving
penguins a very short legged appearance. Here you can compare the leg of a
penguin skeleton to a model of a human skeleton.

Take at look at these x-rays of one of our penguins and you can see the leg
bones, including the knee joint and how most of it is covered in the
penguin’s body.

Head-on x-ray of penguin, the knees are in green rectangles

Side-view of penguin knees in yellow rectangle

So now you know!

- Andrea

Posted by NEAQ at 9:43 AM
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1. AnonymousSeptember 13, 2010 at 9:10 PM

But do those knees work? I


do penguins have knees

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