> I'm needing an answer for a question on the juvenile sperm whale lower jaw
> bone size (approximately)
> as follows:
> Are we talking of dimensions of maybe 24 to 26 inches in overall length with
> a mandible ?? end area
> of 4 -5 inches wide?
> Also, how many teeth would be on the jaw, 18-20 teeth?
Thank you for your questions. There are approximately 18-25 thick, conical
teeth in the lower jaw of sperm whales. Scientist, Dr. Jonathan Gordon says
that the lower jaw is (10 feet or 3m) and is thin. They can open their
lower jaw to about 90 degrees. The bone is dense and as thick at a man's
I hope this helps you! Thank you.
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