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Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone) of a Larus argentatus (Herring Gull)


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Species Description
The Herring Gull is the most abundant gull in the northern hemisphere, breeding across North America, western Europe and north Asia. It is an opportunistic omnivore, hunting for echinoderms and crustaceans by surface and plunge diving (though it cannot dive deeply because of its natural buoyancy); it has been known to drop shellfish onto hard surfaces to break open the shells. However, though it will actively capture prey, refuse comprises a large part of the Herring Gull’s diet, and high instances of kleptoparasitism occur within communities (and between the Herring Gull and other birds). The Herring Gull is a common visitor to inland garbage dumps and has adapted to urban life; although it is generally migratory, the range of food sources provided by human activity allows some populations to remain resident. The Herring Gull is highly social, and a loose hierarchy – defined by size, strength and aggressiveness – exists within groups.
Skeletal Elements Available

Mandible (Jawbone )

Cranium (Skull)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Articulated Cranium and Mandible (Attached Skull and Jaw)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Right Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Right Middle Leg Bones)

Right Femur (Right Femur)

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Mandible (Jawbone )

Left Femur (Left Upper Leg Bone)

Right Femur (Right Femur)

Right Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Right Middle Leg Bones)

Left Ulna (Lower Arm Bone )

Left Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Left Middle Leg Bones)

Right Ulna (Lower Arm Bone )
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Herring Gull Page

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