What’s the point of whiskers?

Whiskers play an important role

Whiskers play an important role

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Whiskers – technically known as vibrissae – are extraordinary sensory devices which help animals comprehend the world around them. They are not just for decoration.

Almost all animals have them, although they are about the only bodily hair that has been lost by humans.

Their roots run deeper into the animal’s skin than the fur on the rest of its body, and connect with many more nerve endings.

 

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