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Sternum (Breast Bone) of the Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata (MCZ 346913)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Gaviiformes - Gaviidae - Gavia - Gavia stellata
Species Description
The Red-Throated Loon is the most widely distributed member of the loon family, breeding in the Arctic and wintering in southern Europe and North America (extending as far south as Mexico). It is the smallest and lightest of the loons, and is the only member of the family able to take off from and land directly on land or water. It is primarily a fish eater, but it also eats mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic insects; the Red-Throated Loon uses it feet to propel itself through the water, but will use its wings for acceleration or turning. As recently as the 1800s, Red-Throated Loon behavior has been used to predict the weather, with its flight patterns and calls believed to determine whether or not it will rain; in the Orkney Islands of Scotland, it is called the Rain Goose for this reason.
Specimen Information
Species Gavia stellata (Red-throated Loon)
Element Sternum (Breast Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 346913
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 100 ┬Ám
Number of Data Points 357407
Number of Data Polygons 178817
Date Scanned July 15, 2009
Scan Technician Rachael Martinez
Edited By Rachael Martinez

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Other Gavia stellata (Red-throated Loon) Elements
Specimen Element
MCZ 337607 Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
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