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What is the Scapula?

The Scapula - commonly known as the "shoulder blade" - is a flat bone that provides a foundation for the attachments of back and forelimb muscles. In saurischian dinosaurs, the scapula is attached to the sternum (breastbone) by a bone called the corocoid, and the pair are attached to the clavicle (collar bone) and form the socket to hold the humerus (upper arm bone).
References
Spencer G. Lucas (Oct 6, 2005) "Dinosaurs: The Textbook."
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