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What is Pygostyle?

Pygostyle is a "stumpy" tail formed by the last few tail vertebrae being fused together. They support the tail feathers of birds and probably evolved because long floppy tails are useless for controlled flight, though some oviraptorosaurs had them and they couldn't fly.

Pygostyle is clearly visible on a roast chicken or turkey—it's the roughly triangular bit that sticks out between its legs. You probably know it as "the Parson's nose".
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Atkinson, L. "DinoChecker FAQ entry :: What is Pygostyle?"
http://www.dinochecker.com/dinosaurfaqs/what-is-pygostyle›. Web access: 20th Oct 2017.
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