Goose, Swan and Ducks - Early water birds

Pink footed goose, Whooper swan, Red-breasted merganser, Cape Barren Goose and Horned Screamer skeletons,

part of the early evolution of water birds of the Neognathes branch. 

Anser brachyrhynchus, Cygnus cygnus, Mergus serrator  and Cereopsis novaehollandiae and Anhima cornuta skeletons.

 

Note, the red breasted merganser skeleton has a cartilage chamber in the chest preserved, which may be an air sac.

 

Courtesy of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Pink footed goose skeleton
Anser brachyrhynchus
Pink footed goose skeleton
Anser brachyrhynchus
Pink footed goose skeleton
Anser brachyrhynchus
Pink footed goose skeleton
Anser brachyrhynchus
Pink footed goose skeleton
Anser brachyrhynchus
Pink footed goose skeleton
Anser brachyrhynchus
Whooper swan - 8245
Cygnus cygnus
Whooper swan - 8246
Cygnus cygnus
Whooper swan - 8247
Cygnus cygnus
Whooper swan - 8248
Cygnus cygnus
Whooper swan - 8249
Cygnus cygnus -
Whooper swan - 8251
Cygnus cygnus
Red breasted merganser - 1959
Mergus serrator
Red breasted merganser - 1965
Mergus serrator
Red breasted merganser - 1964
Mergus serrator
Red breasted merganser - 1957
Mergus serrator
Red breasted merganser - 1960
Mergus serrator
Red breasted merganser - 1962
Mergus serrator
Cape Barren goose - 07
Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Cape Barren goose - 05
Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Cape Barren goose - 04
Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Cape Barren goose - 03
Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Cape Barren goose- 02
Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Cape Barren goose - 01
Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Horned Screamer - 9580
Anhima cornuta
Horned Screamer - 9586
Anhima cornuta
Horned Screamer - 9585
Anhima cornuta
Horned Screamer - 9581
Anhima cornuta
Horned Screamer - 9584
Anhima cornuta
Horned Screamer - 9583
Anhima cornuta
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