This week I have an interesting mystery object for you. It’s quite characteristic, but not necessarily very familiar, so it may prove a bit of a challenge:
Any idea what this piece of bone is and what it came from? You can put your thoughts below and I’ll do my best to get back to you. Good luck!
**r* *te**um. One that doesn’t have big muscles there, and smaller than a c*i*k*n ?
Excellent observations as usual Jake – can you think of a species that fits?
What Jake says, but isn’t that called a st****m? Flightless or almost flightless, I think
I agree, I think Jake and you have just starred different letters from the same word!
I know the structure but have no idea of the species. Definitely the s*****m of a b**d. Its quite flat and broad. Maybe from an aq****c species. Perhaps a p*****n? Not sure though. The k**l is an unusual shape though. Not a large area for muscle attachment.
The keel is indeed unusual – and therefore diagnostic. Nice reasoning, but it’s not an aquatic species.
One of the C*********s
Hmm, not really.
Could this be a sternum of a hoatzin?
looks good http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/2011/10/05/hoatzins-in-africa/
I concur with Wouter.