How Do You Label a Deer Skeleton?


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One can label a deer skeleton as follows: the antlers, the skull, the scapula, the ribs, the ulna, the radius, the tarsus, the carpal, the metacarpal, the phalanges, the tibia, the metatarsus and the hoof. There are many different deer breeds, and while they all have the same basic skeleton, the size, location and robustness of each skeletal piece can differ between breeds.

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The antler is the part of the deer that protrudes from the head; the skull is the head of the deer. The scapula is the shoulder blade. The ulna is the part of the front leg closest to the ribs, facing backward. The radius is the part of the front leg that is closest to the ribs, facing forward. In addition, deer have either 12 or 13 ribs. The tarsus is the ankle and connects the metacarpal to the radius and the ulna. The phalanges are the deer's toes, and the hoof is the deer's toenail. The metatarsi and tibia are both located only on the deer's back legs, and the tibia is closer to the deer's ribs and spine than the metatarsus, which is closer to the ground and the hoof. The deer also has a tail and a spine that can be labeled.

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