No podcast for this — just a quick bit of fun:
- Birds are dinosaur descendants, so today on U.S. Thanksgiving you are consuming a derived dinosaur called a turkey. So, we know that at least some dinosaurs were delicious.
- Because birds inherited a relatively inflexible back from their dinosaurian ancestors, bird back meat is usually not very well-developed, so you baby-back bird ribs tend not to be on the menu.
- The most delicious part of your turkey tends to be pectoralis muscles which pull down the wings and the supracoracoideus muscle that pulls up the wing — both on the chest. When you cut into your Thanksgiving bird, you can see the difference in these muscles: the pectoralis is the big one on the outside, and you can see the supracoracoideus as the triangular wedge separated from the large muscle mass inside.
- Happy derived dinosaur eating!
P.S. Can you imagine how delicious a giant sauropod feast would be?