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SC-241 Group Product Info


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Elephant Bird Wing, Articulated
SC-241-67-A $95.00

The wings of an elephant bird follow the classic vertebrate plan for the upper limb, and, although with some modifications for flight, such as modified joints for folding and locking of wings, fused wrist bones and a reduction of digits.

Most avian skeletons include several unique features that enable flight. It is lightweight, often weighing less than the bird’s feathers. Certain bones, called pneumatic bones, are composed of air-sacs supported by cross-struts, which reduces the bone's weight while maintaining its structural rigidity.

There are four basic bird wing shapes, each suited to specific environments and type of flight: Passive Soaring Wings for passively using thermal updrafts over land to soar, glide and circle; Active Soaring Wings for actively seeking air currents over oceans to travel long distances, Elliptical Wings for predator evasion, fast take offs, and short bursts of speed with high maneuverability, and High Speed Wings for prolonged high speed travel. There is one additional specialized shape, for hovering.

Several species of flightless birds occur worldwide and mitochondrial DNA evidence suggests that they evolved independently on at least six different occasions. Flight is highly energy intensive, and when not necessary for survival may be lost, possibly due to the lack of selection pressure. The wings of flightless birds vary in shape, size and function.

Before going extinct, the giant elephant bird of Madagascar is believed to have been the heaviest bird of its time, weighing over a thousand pounds, and reaching nearly 10 feet tall. Although it would not have been able to fly, it nevertheless retained vestigial wings from its flight-able ancestors. Recent DNA evidence suggests that the ratite (flightless and keel-less) group of birds evolved independently from different flight-able species. The group name, from the Latin word for raft, references their sternum’s lack of a keel, a structure essential for anchoring the pectoral muscles necessary for flight. It is thought that lack of predators reduced selection pressures for flight, which is highly energy intensive. This giant bird's closest living relative is the kiwi.

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Scientific Name Catalogue # Size Price
Aepyornis maximus SC-241-67-A 6 ¼" L extended 16cm L $95.00

Bone Clones® bag for skulls and skeletal parts, useful for carrying and storing any number of Bone Clones® products. Its roomy 12" x 18" size makes it suitable for most human, hominid, and primate skulls, as well as many other medium-sized Bone Clones®. You can even use it for transporting your natural bone skulls. The soft grey flannel offers gentle protection and the sturdy braided cord provides a secure closure. If you're unsure whether a certain product will fit, feel free to contact us to check.

Catalogue # Size Price
BA-100 12" W x 18" L $14.00
TOTAL 95.00