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Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone) of the Cuban Trogon Priotelus temnurus (YPM 110028)


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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Trogoniformes - Trogonidae - Priotelus - Priotelus temnurus
Species Description
The Cuban Trogon is endemic to Cuba, where it lives in dry and moist forests. It is a large bird, almost a foot long; the Cuban Trogon possesses a broad bill, weak legs, and short but strong wings. It is capable of strong flight, but does not fly very far, and lives a primarily arboreal existence. The Cuban Trogon feeds mostly on insects, using the serrated edges of its bill to better grasp and hold prey. The name “trogon” is derived from the Greek for “gnawer”, and refers both to its odd bill and the trogon’s propensity to gnaw holes in trees for nesting; it will also use abandoned woodpecker nests, if suitable. The trogons are the only type of animal with heterodactyl feet (meaning that digits 3 and 4 point forward, while digits 1 and 2 point to the back).
Specimen Information
Species Priotelus temnurus (Cuban Trogon)
Element Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)
Specimen Number YPM 110028
Sex Male
Location
Geological Age Recent
 
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 40 µm
Number of Data Points 193349
Number of Data Polygons 97041
Date Scanned June 18, 2010
Scan Technician Tiffany Medwid
Edited By Stephanie John
 
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Other Priotelus temnurus (Cuban Trogon) Elements
Specimen Element
YPM 110028 Mandible (Jawbone )
YPM 110028 Sternum (Breast Bone)
YPM 110028 Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
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