Unlikely flights

This week I went to a talk at Zoology on Palaeognaths. (I spent much of the week guessing what Palaeognaths were... I knew I'd seen the term in the museum... was it the research on fins to limbs? Or early jaws... does that translate as early jaws? Is this the emergence of the first sharks? No.) Palaeognaths, also called the Ratites, are the big lumpy flightless birds that I think of as the most dinosaur-y: Ostriches, Emus, Rheas, Cassowaries... and the extinct Moas and Elephant birds. All giants, with big kicking feet, and all living lives that help me imagine the answer to the question "How did T. Rex cope with tiny useless forearms?" with "try living with tiny useless wings instead!" Thoug

Yes, we have kneecaps!

Much belated post after cold and snot induced vertigo. A second time with bird skeletons in the Zoology Museum, so many more bird skeletons in the portfolio - including a flightless cormorant with a bandaged head, and an ovenbird which is decidedly legless (or bodiless) - is that oven ready? Also the fun challenge of a Cassowary and a Rhea brought in for photos - needing a huge background sheet, and standing far far away to get the bird in the photo! But, most excitingly, I have my first confirmed bird kneecap! On a cormorant no less! #skeleton #bird #rhea #cassowary #cormorant #ovenbird #kneecap