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Mar 19, 2012 5:55 AM

Unknown Juvenile Long Bone

Hi! I found this bone in my backyard after going outside for the first time this spring. Most of it was on the surface with the exception of one epiphysis sticking out. The soil was moist at the time of the find. I know that it's from a mammal and that it's a juvenile from the unfused epiphyses, but I have no idea what type of animal it is. It looks too large to be a dog, but too small to be a farm animal. We don't dispose of  animal bones in our backyard so it wasn't from a meal. I cleaned it gently with a paintbrush and distilled water but there's still evidence of (what I think is) dried blood stained onto the body of the shaft. The pictures attached show it before cleaning (with epiphyses in the correct spots) and after. The distal epiphyses are slightly fused, but barely holding on to the bone. Any help would be appreciated ^^!
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