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Aug 17, 2011 12:11 PM

Answered afap - Found on a beach in St. Petes, Florida.  Bone?

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I found this washed up on the beach in Passe-A-Grille, Florida.  Can anyone help me to identify?  It kind of looks like a big molar without a root.

 

Thank you!

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    Jul 22, 2011 1:14 AM (in response to sawry)
    Re: Found on a beach in St. Petes, Florida.  Bone?
    I dont think this is a tooth. It looks somewhat like an epiphysis, the joint surfaces of long bones which are unfused in younger animals. However, the small size of the photographs makes it difficult to see clearly.
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  • The pictures are small and it is not easy to tell but it looks like the distal end of a radius of a hoofed mammal. When butchering an animal for meat the radius is often sawn through and the 'hand' disposed of leaving the 'joint' for sale in a butchers. When the hand then decays the end of the radius becomes separated.

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