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Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones) of the Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica (MCZ 346006)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Charadriiformes - Alcidae - Fratercula - Fratercula arctica
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.
Specimen Information
Species Fratercula arctica (Atlantic Puffin)
Element Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
Specimen Number MCZ 346006
Sex Male
Location Canada, New Brunswick
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Roland Picza
Resolution 100 µm
Number of Data Points 22996
Number of Data Polygons 11500
Date Scanned January 10, 2012
Scan Technician Maggie Johnson
Edited By Maggie Johnson

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