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Osteo treasures somewhat related to Santa

Some months ago while out in field, a few miles north of the polar circle, I found the remains of Santa’s little helper; in other words a reindeer (Rangifer tarandus).  

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The Mandible

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Teeth

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The ulna and radius are closely linked though not fused like the Bovines.

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 A vertebrae

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costae

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Parts of the pelvis – one half os coxae

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 and the os sacrum.

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Os talus

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Metatarsal bone

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Phalanges number I-3

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And at last this is what he/she looked like when alive.

 Magnus Reuterdahl


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