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Mandible (Jawbone ) of a Fratercula arctica (Atlantic Puffin)


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Species Description
The Atlantic Puffin, Fratercula arctica, is a member of the auk family. It is typically 10-11 inches in length, and has a 19-25 inch wingspan. It inhabits rocky places, cliffs, the open sea, or rocky or sandy seashore. This bird is stout with a large head and a massive bill. The Atlantic Puffin flies strongly and swims underwater, chasing fish, particularly sand eels. It then packs these eels crosswise in its bill to carry them to the young. It primarily dives for fish, but also eats squid and crustaceans. The Atlantic Puffin is sexually mature at age 4; this species is monogamous. During the breeding season, it had a brightly colored bill. This is the only puffin species found in the Atlantic Ocean. It is frequently known as the “clown of the ocean,” due to its colorful bill.
Skeletal Elements Available

Mandible (Jawbone )

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