A male turkey tarsometatarsus

A male turkey tarsometatarsus

Nov 21, 2013

Fresh out of the ground in Box 14, and just in time for Thanksgiving, we found the upper part of a right tarsometatarsus (lower leg bone) of an extinct California turkey, Meleagris californicus.  Only male turkeys have the spur that protrudes from the rear of this bone, making it a quick and easy way to identify the sex of the individual. Male turkeys use the spur in a kicking motion to help fend off predators.

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