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Skeletal remains found on beach

Observed: 7th September 2012 By: csl57
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One of my kids came home with this. Initially I just assumed it was a fox's, but on closer examination it clearly isn't. Not even convinced it's mammalian. Wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't even a skull!

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Thanks for the quick ID.

Thanks for the quick ID. Comparative anatomy isn't my strong point so I'm glad I put in all those caveats about it not being a mammal / skull ;)

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Bird's synsacrum

From the size compared to the corner of a book in the first picture it looks to be a fair size, probably a goose or large duck. Do you know where it was found?

This is the hip bones and lower vertebrae (backbones) fused together. The large 'keel' shape is where the leg muscles are anchored and from the size this is likely to be an animal with powerful legs, again a goose or perhaps a pheasant? More likely the latter if found in a wood and the former if found near water. If found elsewhere, your guess is as good as mine!

You may like to move this observation to the birds section of iSpot.

Graham Banwell

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