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A bone question from Sweden


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A bone question from Sweden

Postby Marterius » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:13 pm

Here is a bone question from Europe!

I live on the west coast of Sweden where I spend a lot of time in the archipelago. Last week I found a very strange bone among some stones on a small island. There were no other bones around indicating the species of the animal and I have never seen anything like it. My first thought was a jaw-bone but there are not even a hint of teeth and the angles as well as the “construction” are looks strange for a jaw bone as far as I can judge. On the rounded end there is some kind of “buildup” that could be interpreted as belonging to a kind of joint. This makes me think in terms of a hip or pelivis bone but after spending a lot of time on Google it does not make me any nearer a solution. Any help with the identification is appreciated! Measure in centimeters.

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Postby vk4vfx » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:57 am

Well after about 10 minutes of research I pretty sure I know what this bone is.

When I first seen it I thought straight away it was an avian bone

I then searched for birds endemic to Sweden.

By the size it is a big bird, I thought Swan.

Then I found it!!!

What you have there is a Swan furcula bone!

When I seen your pic I just had to know myself also, when I see things like this it drives me nuts because I want to know what it is.

Anyway, info in the links below, we can now put our minds at rest :)

http://i2.squidoocdn.com/resize/squidoo ... urcula.gif


http://www.jakes-bones.com/2010/03/iden ... goose.html

http://nantucketscientist.blogspot.com. ... eport.html

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