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Sternum (Breast Bone) of the Mute Swan Cygnus olor (MCZ 347051)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Anseriformes - Anatidae - Cygnus - Cygnus olor
Species Description
The Mute Swan is large, common waterbird native to North Central Europe and Asia, with successfully introduced populations in the United States, Australia and Japan. Found on lakes, ponds, bays and marshes, it eats mostly aquatic vegetation, which it gathers by dipping its head underwater; it also grazes on land, and will take insects, small fish and frogs on occasion. Mated Mute Swans are highly territorial, sometimes claiming an entire pond as their breeding area, and a pair will defend their territory against other swans. However, breeding Mute Swans have been known to form colonies in large areas of suitable feeding habitat, and non-pair juveniles will flock together as well. One of the heaviest flying birds, the Mute Swan gets it name from being quieter than other swans, but it is not entirely silent.
Specimen Information
Species Cygnus olor (Mute Swan)
Element Sternum (Breast Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 347051
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Roland Picza
Resolution 100 ┬Ám
Number of Data Points 1270459
Number of Data Polygons 2538362
Date Scanned July 24, 2008
Scan Technician Rachael Martinez
Edited By Rachael Martinez

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Other Cygnus olor (Mute Swan) Elements
Specimen Element
MCZ 347051 Furcula (Wishbone)
MCZ 347051 Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
MCZ 347051 Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
MCZ 347051 Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)
MCZ 347051 Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)
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