Fleshing Out Those Textbook Bones

Why 'diagram' is a dirty word

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Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus Skeleton

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Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus Skeleton

It was always a pigeon. That is, if it wasn't a chicken. But almost always, it was a pigeon.

Your friendly neighborhood domestic pigeon; that middle-of-the-road, generic bird. Easily accessible, devoid of biological eccentricities: It doesn't swim, it's not a bird of prey, and it perches in trees, thereby having the full complement of toes. The perfect textbook illustration.

And on that subject ... Excuse me, was that a yawn? I'm not surprised. The term "textbook illustration"