So as promised... (and to prove I'm not THAT nuts
), organising the chaos. The same skeleton as above, but now sorted out with left and right bones, and bones that go together. This took about 10 minutes, and saves a lot of time later on in the articulation process, especially with the ribs, because if you figure out where one piece goes, you know the other one goes at the same spot, at the contralateral side.
I kept the picture above quite large, so you can zoom in (or at least see some more detail). Since it's quite hard to discuss the pic like this, I added some numbers as shown below:
I'll briefly discuss the different bones first (the numbers), and talk about the dots, arrows where needed.
4: carpal (wrist) bones
6: digits (or what is left of them in a bird wing..)
So bones 1 through 6 make up the wing.
The scapula and coracoid make up the shoulder joint, together with the humerus of course. The dots besides these bones show the approximate location where thise bones all come together and create a ball and socket joint.
10: fibula (the small needle-like bones are what is left of the tibia in birds)
13: sternum. The part of the coracoid marked with an * goes at the part of the sternum marked with an *, thus creating a connection between the shoulder joint and the sternum.
14: forcula (the clavicles that are fused, also called wish bone). The ends of the forcula articulate with the coracoid bone at the level of the shoulder joint. and the ronded side points toward the sternum (and is fused with the sternum in some species).
15: the vertebrae. The first vertebra is markt with a dot, the second one is marked with two dots (they are in the right down side corner of the vertebrae group). Both vertebrae lay with the cranial/anterior part of the vertebra facing upwards here.
16: synsacrum (pelvic bone). The arrow shows where the hip socked is located.
17: the ribs. In birds, the ribs consist of two bony parts (unlike most mammals). The ribs around 17 are the parts that go from the vertebrae to halfway the ribcage, with the part closest to the middle (closest to the number 17) attaching to the vertebrae.
18: ribs, the part going from halfway the ribcage to the sternum. The arrows on the sternum point at the attachment points where these ribs attach to the sternum, thus creating the rib cage.
19: lower jaw
20: cranium (skull)
21: upper beak
I just noticed one pair of the 'lower ribs' (18) is actually part of the skull, going at the side, between the beak joint and the upper beak, but that'll sort itself out
So... that's about it I think, hope it helps.