Muzzle (anatomy)

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A Cocker Spaniel's extended snout
Panther's skull showing enlarged nose aperture and extended jaw and row of carnivore teeth

A muzzle, also known as a snout, is a protruding part of an animal's face that includes the nasal cavity, nose, jaw, and mouth, in the same relative region where the Human's counterparts are located.

Purpose and function[edit]

The primary reason a muzzle is extended for this is the extension of the nasal cavity, which provides for an extremely acute sense of smell. A tangential benefit is the extension of the jaw, allowing for more teeth (and more specialized teeth) in a single species.

Canines have the longest proportional muzzle, followed by felines and mustelids. Equines' "muzzles" are technically very short, although the entirety of their extended skulls are considered to be part of the muzzle.

Muzzles and furry[edit]

A common problem in furgonomics is how to deal with the issues of having a muzzle; for example, how a character's anthropomorphic muzzle may alter facial expressions or speech in relation to similar Human traits (i.e. Humanoid mouth motor functions such as whisling, lips' muscle expressions, such as puckering, frowning, etc), or how the muzzle's larger cranial (extended) bone mass may work in relation to normal Human gear or vestments (helmets, masks, etc,...).

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