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Sternum (Breast Bone) of the Great Tinamou Tinamus major (MCZ 342774)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Palaeognathae - Tinamiformes - Tinamidae - Tinamus - Tinamus major
Species Description
The Great Tinamou, also called the Mountain Hen, is a terrestrial bird, about the size and shape of a small turkey, that is native to Central and South America. It lives in the tropical and subtropical forests (rainforest, swamp forest, and cloud forest), where it subsists on fruits, seeds, various arthropods, and small vertebrates. The Great Tinamou, like all Tinamids, is a ratite; while it shares the primitive palate of its relatives the cassowaries, unlike other ratites, it can fly (albeit poorly). The Great Tinamou demonstrates polygynadrous mating, wherein multiple females mate with multiple males; the Great Tinamou also practices exclusive parental care, with the male incubating the eggs and rearing chicks. Without the need to care for young, females are able to start five or six nests during the breeding season; once the chicks are fledged (after three weeks), the males will seek out other females.
Specimen Information
Species Tinamus major (Great Tinamou)
Element Sternum (Breast Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 342774
Sex Female
Location Guatemala, Peten, Tikal
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 40 ┬Ám
Number of Data Points
Number of Data Polygons
Date Scanned January 29, 2010
Scan Technician Rachael Martinez
Edited By Rachael Martinez

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Other Tinamus major (Great Tinamou) Elements
Specimen Element
MCZ 342774 Furcula (Wishbone)
MCZ 342774 Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)
MCZ 342774 Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)
MCZ 342774 Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
MCZ 342774 Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
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