chapter  2
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The External Morphology, Musculoskeletal System, and Neuro-Anatomy of Sea Turtles

The anatomy of an animal defines how it can live within and interact with its environment. The form of an animal gives fundamental clues about its behavior, ecology, and physiology: how it functions. Its shape and overall design dictate how the animal can move and feed. The shapes of muscles, bones, and the nervous system, which controls responses and movements, allow function to match form given the animal’s ecology.