34 thoughts on “Boxing day footwear

    1. I would definitely agree with ratite tarsus (not foot exactly), but could be emu (as far as I can tell without checking).

      My first thought was snake, because the broad scutes look like ventrals, but the other scales are not ophidian-like and such a combination occurs in no squamate of sufficient size. Non-overlapping polygonal scales are typical of archosaurs.

    2. After reading John Scanlon’s post, and looking at some photos of boots (is that cheating?) I withdraw my snake vote and say it does truly look like ostrich leg.

  1. Definitely not a caiman(or any other crocodilian) belly, which have multiple scutes per transverse row, nor a crocodilian’s tail, where the distalmost whorls do have one ventral, but the laterals are also enlarged. Lizards are out for the same reason– those with enlarged ventrals have multiple scales in each transverse row. Snakes have a single enlarged ventral, but the laterals look more irregular in size and arrangement than I would expect on most snakes. I have insufficient knowledge of ratite (ostrich, emu, etc.) feet to make an informed comment on that possibility.

    1. That, in longer words, is the reasoning that was taking me towards a snake too.
      But just to be different and split the difference, how about an axolotl? (Now having to check the size of axolotls … and their spelling! Typically 23, max 30cm ; doesn’t look likely.
      OK, having considered scale scale, it’ll have to be a big snake : python, boa or anaconda? On which point … I hear my space ship (a Cobra Mk3, out of Lave on the Tionisla run) calling …

        1. Oh yes, of course. I don’t get to see many amphibians – severe declines here over the last few decades – and I’d forgotten the silky smoothness of their skin.

  2. Dungar DoraThen crafted those from the big toes on the front foot of the Black Dragon Giedromax, Terror of the southern Narlmarches.

  3. Yep, it’s ostrich leg, as several people have noted (pat yourselves on the back!). The “scales” indicate to me the reptilian ancestry of birds, but perhaps they’re not homologous chracters. Some reader will know.

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