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Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones) of the Great Auk †Pinguinus impennis (MCZ 341711)


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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Charadriiformes - Alcidae - Pinguinus - †Pinguinus impennis
Species Description
The Great Auk was a small seabird, of the Charadriiformes, that lived on rocky islands in the North Atlantic. The Great Auk went extinct in the 19th century, after centuries of hunting by humans had reduced the last surviving populations. They were descended from Pliocene auks and the only members of the genus Pinguinus to survive to modern times; the Razorbill (Alca torda) is believed to be the Great Auk’s closest living relative. When originally discovered, auks were referred to as “penguins” (Portuguese/Spanish “pinguino”, Welsh “pingwen”); when explorers reached the Southern Hemisphere, they named the birds found there “penguins” after noting similarities with the auks.

Specimen Information
Species †Pinguinus impennis (Great Auk)
Element Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
Specimen Number MCZ 341711
Sex
Location Funk Island
Geological Age Recent
 
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 40 µm
Number of Data Points 31822
Number of Data Polygons 15907
Date Scanned June 01, 2011
Scan Technician Ariana Masi
Edited By Ariana Masi
 
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Other †Pinguinus impennis (Great Auk) Elements
Specimen Element
MCZ 341711 Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
MCZ 341722 Sternum (Breast Bone)
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