linea aspera

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lin·e·a as·pe·ra

 (lĭn′ē-ə ăs′pə-rə)
n. pl. lin·e·ae as·pe·rae (lĭn′ē-ē′ ăs′pə-rē′)
A longitudinal ridge running down the posterior surface of the shaft of the femur, affording attachment to various muscles.

[New Latin līnea aspera, rough line : Latin līnea, line; see line + Latin aspera, feminine of asper, rough (in reference to its rough texture).]
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One brute had an eye out; another had his tail sawed off close, like a rabbit, and was proud of it; another had a bony ridge running from his neck to his tail, like one of those ruined aqueducts one sees about Rome, and had a neck on him like a bowsprit; they all limped, and had sore backs, and likewise raw places and old scales scattered about their persons like brass nails in a hair trunk; their gaits were marvelous to contemplate, and replete with variety under way the procession looked like a fleet in a storm.
Their beak-like mouths are lined with sharp, white fangs, and the backs of their huge, lizard bodies are serrated into bony ridges from their necks to the end of their long tails.
* Pinch nose under bony ridge so alars come together (see Figure 2);
Two reasons tarpon anglers grip their catch by the lower jaw for boatside resusci-tation--the bony ridge makes a solid handle, and there are no teeth.
A bony ridge on the back of Selam's shoulder blades runs diagonally, as in living apes, the researchers add.
In spite of the shock of the sudden attack, Lourens realised a croc had him, and remembering stories that poking at an attacking croc's eyes will trigger a release, he reached down locating the bony ridge above its eye.
The species earned the name Spectacled because of the bony ridge around the eyes, which makes it look like it is wearing glasses.
The species had an ape-like face with a low forehead, a bony ridge over the eyes, a flat nose, no chin and protruding jaws with large back teeth.
By 35 weeks, a bony ridge has formed that separates the geniculate ganglion from the epitympanic rim.
Key Neandertal features include a bony ridge at the back of the skull, a sloping face, a wide, protruding nose, receding cheeks, and a chinless jaw.
A bony ridge runs over the top of the head, where it meets a small, triangular braincase.