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Jun 14, 2011 4:52 PM

Answered - Modern jaw bone, sheep??

Hi

Not sure if this is a modern bone or not, it's pretty heavy and was found on Lowestoft North beach or Cove Hithe,can't remember which. I have a few more bones I will post soon.

Glad of any info

Thanks

Gabby

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    Jun 8, 2011 5:44 PM (in response to Gabby)
    Re: Jaw bone identification please

    Hi Gabby,

    Looks like a large herbivore to me ... cow?

    Al

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        Jun 8, 2011 7:39 PM (in response to Gabby)
        Re: Jaw bone identification please

        The colour suggests its not ancient - some time in the last century? Its difficult to be more precise because a lot will be down to the conditions its been subject to. Generally older bones that have been buried for a while start staining from the chemicals in the soil.

         

        Regards,

         

        Ryan

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        Jun 8, 2011 7:41 PM (in response to Gabby)
        Re: Jaw bone identification please
        Not old I'm afraid.  Too small to be from a cow but I agree with that general area for ID .  I would think it would have washed in from elsewhere.
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          Jun 8, 2011 8:15 PM (in response to RhysJHH)
          Re: Jaw bone identification please

          I have an adult fallow deer jaw bone, assuming the above image shows only the root sockets of the 1st 2 or 3 teeth after the diastema, it is over twice the size of that.

          Those are inches on the top of the ruler ?

          Al

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    Jun 14, 2011 4:51 PM (in response to Gabby)
    Re: Jaw bone identification please

    Hi there,

     

    As already said, this is modern bone I'm afraid, not fossil. It could be a few years old or a few hundred, as it is really hard to say with weathered modern bone. It is a small herbivore, I think it is from the Bovid family, so the most probable is a young cow or a sheep. These farm animal bones end up all over the place and are commonly washed up on beaches.

     

    Luanne

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