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Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones) of the American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchus (YPM 107559)


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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Pelecaniformes - Pelecanidae - Pelecanus - Pelecanus erythrorhynchus
Species Description
The American White Pelican is 4-5 feet in length and has a very large pouched bill which is over a foot long. They have one of the largest wingspans which can be up to 10 feet across. They migrate to Canada and northwestern California in the summer to breed in large colonies of up to 10,000 individuals. During the breeding season the feathers on the underside of the wings will turn black and a horn will grow on the bill. After the breeding season is over the horn will fall off and the black feathers are shed. They fly south to spend the winter from Panama to the southern coast of the United States. They will sometimes cooperatively hunt and unlike other Pelicans swim to catch their food rather than dive. American White Pelicans are very long lived with an average age of 16 years.
Specimen Information
Species Pelecanus erythrorhynchus (American White Pelican)
Element Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
Specimen Number YPM 107559
Sex Male
Location
Geological Age Recent
 
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 100 ┬Ám
Number of Data Points 206185
Number of Data Polygons 103360
Date Scanned February 17, 2010
Scan Technician Abby Grace Drake
Edited By Abby Grace Drake
 
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Other Pelecanus erythrorhynchus (American White Pelican) Elements
Specimen Element
YPM 107559 Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
YPM 107559 Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)
YPM 107559 Sternum (Breast Bone)
YPM 107559 Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)
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