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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Gallus domesticus (Chicken)


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Species Description
The Chicken, one of the most common and widespread domesticated animals, is the most populous bird in the world. The Chicken was first domesticated in southeast Asia about 10,000 years ago; modern chickens are derived from a subspecies of Gallus that is native to northeast Thailand. Chickens are omnivores; in the wild, they scratch the soil searching for seeds and insects, and will even take larger animals like lizards or young mice. While the Chicken is not capable of sustained flight, lighter individuals can fly for short distances.
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Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
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