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White ibis skeleton. First picture shows sternum with coracoids, scapulas, humerus and wishbone. Second, third and fourth show the pelvis, last picture shows before mentioned bones with the tarsometatarsus (shorter long bone), tibiotarsus (longer long bone) and vertebra. This was a positively breathtaking find for me. I have seen white ibis bones in photographs and illustrations before, but nothing could of prepared me for the absolute wonder of finding them in person. Their delicate feel and size can't be conveyed through a screen or ink, a whole sensation is missing.
Small coastal island in bay. Found in leaf litter under dense tree cover.
Coracoid: ~4.4, 4.5 cm at longest point. Humerus: ~10 cm. Sternum: ~8.4 cm, 8.8 cm at absolute longest point Pelvis: ~8.6 cm. Tarsometatarsus: ~6.1 cm Tibiotarsus: ~11.5 cm.