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Right Femur (Right Femur) of the Northern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus abyssinicus (MCZ 337291)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Coraciiformes - Bucerotidae - Bucorvus - Bucorvus abyssinicus
Species Description
Bucorvus abyssinicus, the Northern Ground Hornbill, is one of only two extant species of ground hornbill. These birds are primarily terrestrial and have long legs for walking and running. They can fly when startled or when they encounter an obstacle. Northern Ground Hornbills are large birds, nearly 3 feet tall with a 6 foot wingspan. They are endemic to northern Africa and have large territories of up to 100 square miles. These birds are slow to reproduce and do not reach maturity until they are 4 years old. Hornbills have bony protrusion of the upper jaw on the top of their skulls called a casque. The casque is not solid bone – it has many holes and is covered by the keratinous sheath that forms around the beak. Northern Ground Hornbills have a larger casque than Southern Ground Hornbills .
Specimen Information
Species Bucorvus abyssinicus (Northern Ground Hornbill)
Element Right Femur (Right Femur)
Specimen Number MCZ 337291
Sex Female
Location Captive
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 40 µm
Number of Data Points 16648
Number of Data Polygons 8326
Date Scanned June 06, 2011
Scan Technician Ariana Masi
Edited By Ariana Masi

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Other Bucorvus abyssinicus (Northern Ground Hornbill) Elements
Specimen Element
MCZ 337291 Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
MCZ 337291 Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
MCZ 337291 Left Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Left Middle Leg Bones)
MCZ 337291 Left Femur (Left Upper Leg Bone)
MCZ 337291 Mandible (Jawbone )
MCZ 337291 Sternum (Breast Bone)
MCZ 337291 Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)
MCZ 337291 Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)
MCZ 337291 Furcula (Wishbone)
MCZ 337291 Left Radius (Lower Arm Bone)
MCZ 337291 Left Ulna (Lower Arm Bone )
MCZ 337291 Cranium (Skull)
MCZ 337291 Articulated Cranium and Mandible (Attached Skull and Jaw)
MCZ 341 Right Hindlimb (Right Leg)
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