Dead something or other Quiz

20 07 2013

This is highly unorthodox, but I got a plea for help with an i.d. on some bleached bones found by Evan Boucher out on the…Pacific coast! I know, I know. Wrong ocean. But I’m a sucker for dead things.

Not much to go on, but it may be enough. Evan reports that the bones were all in the same general vicinity, but he acknowledges that they may not, in fact, be from a single individual or even a single species.

Up for a challenge? Give this one a try. And you’ll have plenty of time to ponder since I’ll be on vacation all week. Now get to work!

All the bones arrayed. (photo: E. Boucher)

All the bones arrayed. (photo: E. Boucher)

A closer look at one of them.

A closer look at one of them.

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20 07 2013
Wouter van Gestel

Indeed these bones are not from one animal. From left to right:
broken ulna bone (lower arm) of a bird, 2 x humerus (upper arm) of a bird, an a vertebra of which I cannot say much, 2 x radius bone (lower arm) of a mammal, and a tibia bone (lower leg) of a bird.
Maybe I can make a guess of what bird(s) are involved later, but I’ll leave for a 2 week holiday next Monday as well.

Wouter

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