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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Black Bear Claws
Credit: USFWS.

Black Bear Claws

Common Name: North American Black Bear
Scientific Name: Ursus americanus
Protected Status: U.S. ESA - Threatened as U. americanus luteolus; all other subspecies are covered by Similarity of Appearance to a Threatened Species; CITES - App.II
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? Like other mammals, the claw is actually a sheath of keratin covering a bony projection supported by the articulating end where the bone connects to another bone and is held in place by tendons and ligaments.


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