March of the Fossil Penguins

Fossil penguin discoveries and research

A Map for Our Tour of the Penguin Skeleton

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One of the new themes that has appeared on March of the Fossil Penguins is a tour of the penguin skeleton – looking at each bone and discussing how it is different from flying birds.  A map might be handy, so here is a King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) skeleton with the bones we’ll visit labeled.  Check the list below the image, and I will link in each bone as new posts occur.

Learn more about the:

Skull

Cervical Vertebrae

Thoracic Vertebrae

Pygostyle

Sternum

Furcula

Scapula

Humerus

Carpometacarpus

Manual Phalanges

Femur

Tarsometatarsus

Pedal Phalanges

Written by Dan Ksepka

October 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

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  1. Get an up-front picture

    Bob

    November 7, 2013 at 5:41 pm

  2. […] Notice how small the femur is. Source: fossilpenguins.wordpress.com […]

  3. […] The short answer: Yes! Penguins have knees. In fact, all birds have knees, but the knee joint is located in the upper portion of the leg where zaburzenia erekcji pl you might normally think the hip is. Take a look at the image below; notice the knees highlighted in the green boxes. The knees are highlighted by the green squares. Source: scienceabc.com Penguins’ leg anatomy is very similar to ours; they all have femurs, knees, tibia and fibula. Their legs are quite long relative to the their overall size; but it only looks like they are short and stubby because the upper leg is hidden underneath a thick layer of feathers. This keeps their legs warm in the frigid South Pole temperatures. Look at the image below. Do you see how short the penguin’s femur is? Also, notice the location of the knee at the left end of the femur. The hip joint is on the right end of the femur, above the tail. Notice how small the femur is. Source: fossilpenguins.wordpress.com […]

  4. this Photo was taked by you? I wanna know about citation of this photo!

    YS Shin

    December 20, 2019 at 12:48 am


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