Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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1. one of the seven bones that make up the tarsus or ankle. The talus sits atop the calcaneus, and is freely movable where it joins with the tibia and fibula. In humans this is one of the two bones of the foot that bear most of our body weight, and is the only bone in the human body that does not have a muscle associated with it. This bone is referred to as the astragalus in nonprimates. Plural: tali.

2. fossilcontaining sediment in a cave that has been deposited from the surface; aka presle.

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