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The bird in the hand…

D. W. Yalden and U. Albarella

in The History of British Birds

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199217519
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191712296 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217519.003.0002
 The bird in the hand…

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This chapter introduces the avian skeleton and the most important (easiest to identify, most robust) bones. Their differences from equivalent mammal bones are considered. The possibilities and difficulties of identifying bird bones to species are discussed and illustrated. Assigning dates to the bones is also briefly discussed, along with a brief overview of the main historical periods and the sorts of sites that have produced bird bones.

Keywords: bird skeleton; identifying bird bones; humerus; metacarpus; tibiotarsus; tarsometatarsus; time periods

Chapter.  7069 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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