from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A muscle of the back, more fully called longissimus dorsi, notable in man for its great length, forming with the sacrolumbalis the erector spinæ, the muscle which assists in keeping the back straight or erect. It occurs under divers modifications in mammals, birds, etc.


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  • In the previous post we looked briefly at phorusrhacid diversity, stopping on the way to look at the discovery and naming of that ‘well known’ species Phorusrhacos longissimus from the Miocene of Argentina.

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  • The ‘best known’ phorusrhacid, the one featured in every single prehistoric animal book, is Phorusrhacos longissimus from the Miocene of Argentina.

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  • It is the longissimus dorsi muscle — the vaunted backstrap — that aids the deer in its soaring bounds, its ­nitrogen - ​ powered, zero-to-see-ya-later speeds, and its incomparable edibility.

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  • There are 18 species of fish, 6 being endangered in Bulgaria including the rare asp Aspius aspius, 15 species of reptiles including the Aesculapian snake Elaphe longissimus, and 12 amphibians; one, the eastern spadefoot Pelobates syriacus, recently discovered in Bulgaria for the first time, is listed in the Red Book for Bulgaria.

    Srebarna Nature Reserve, Bulgaria

  • This type of training engages and increases the activation of the core muscles consisting of pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae (sacrospinalis) especially the longissimus thoracis, and the diaphragm.

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  • Long live Linnaeus, Lineus longissimus (Gunnerus, 1770) (Vermes: Nemertea: Anopla: Heteronemertea: Lineidae), the longest animal worldwide and its relatives occurring in The Netherlands.

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  • If L. longissimus is one of those species, then growing long may be one of the stages in its reproduction, fragmenting into many new individuals being the final stage.

    A very long worm in any case

  • The erector muscles of the spine (sacrolumbalis, longissimus dorsi and multifidus spinæ) weighed fully 16 lbs.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • At the time of market, 6 pigs per treatment group (total of 24 pigs) were randomly selected from different experimental pens and both backfat (inner and outer layers) and rib-end loin samples (longissimus dorsi) were collected at the slaughterhouse for fatty acid analysis.

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  • T. Edward Nickens, it's all about the backstrap (or the deer's longissimus dorsi muscle, which aids in its "zero-to-see-ya-later speeds").

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