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Sternum (Breast Bone) of the Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus (MCZ 343335)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Falconiformes - Falconidae - Falco - Falco rusticolus
Species Description
The Gyrfalcon is a bird of the tundra and mountains, breeding on the Arctic coasts of North America, Europe and Asia; it possesses various morphs, ranging from all white to all black. The Gyrfalcon feeds on birds and mammals, with large birds like ptarmigans making up most of the diet. The largest of the falcon species, it uses its large size to kill with speed blows, knocking prey to the ground. Prey not killed by a broken sternum is finished off with the talons. In falconry, the Gyrfalcon was reserved for kings, given the difficulty in capturing one. It was also thought to be part of the fall of the Liao dynasty (907-1125) in China; high taxes on Gyrfalcons led to riots, which resulted in the overthrow of the emperor.
Specimen Information
Species Falco rusticolus (Gyrfalcon)
Element Sternum (Breast Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 343335
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Roland Picza
Resolution 100 ┬Ám
Number of Data Points 1053830
Number of Data Polygons 2107660
Date Scanned July 21, 2008
Scan Technician Michael Krzyzak
Edited By Megan Cooper

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Other Falco rusticolus (Gyrfalcon) Elements
Specimen Element
MCZ 343335 Furcula (Wishbone)
MCZ 343335 Right Femur (Right Femur)
MCZ 343335 Left Femur (Left Upper Leg Bone)
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