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Cranium (Skull) of the Maleo Macrocephalon maleo (MCZ 340355)


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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Galliformes - Megapodiidae - Macrocephalon - Macrocephalon maleo
Species Description
The Maleo is a medium-sized terrestrial megapode (large-footed bird) endemic to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Also known as the Incubator Bird, the Maleo is recognizable by the prominent dark, bony casque (cephalon) on the head. It lives in tropical lowland and hill forests, where it feeds mostly on fruits, seeds, insects and other small invertebrates. Unlike most birds, the Maleo does not brood its eggs. Instead, it buries them in sandy areas (such as beaches) where the warm sand will incubate the eggs; sex ratios in the Maleo may be determined by nest temperature, but this has not been confirmed. It can take up to two days for a Maleo hatchling to tunnel out from its nest, and the young are superprecocial (totally independent after hatching).
Specimen Information
Species Macrocephalon maleo (Maleo)
Element Cranium (Skull)
Specimen Number MCZ 340355
Sex
Location
Geological Age Recent
 
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 40 ┬Ám
Number of Data Points 638338
Number of Data Polygons 1276655
Date Scanned May 29, 2009
Scan Technician Rachael Martinez
Edited By Rachael Martinez
 
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Other Macrocephalon maleo (Maleo) Elements
Specimen Element
MCZ 340355 Sternum (Breast Bone)
MCZ 340355 Mandible (Jawbone )
MCZ 340355 Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)
MCZ 340355 Furcula (Wishbone)
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