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Jan 9, 2013 10:26 PM

Fossil bone?

Please could someone help me identify this fossil bone?  I am interested to know what animal it came from and exactly what part of the skeleton? It appears to have a ball at one end, which looks like it could be the bottom of a tibia?? Thanks in advance!20130109_220333.jpg

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    Jan 9, 2013 10:37 PM (in response to Lurty)
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    Hmmm, a some sort of mammal perhaps? Where did you get it?

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        Jan 10, 2013 12:02 AM (in response to Lurty)
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        I assume you pulled it from the earth as opposed to finding it in your path?

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            Jan 10, 2013 11:29 PM (in response to Lurty)
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            Cool. Well I think it's definitely a mammal, but that's the best I can do.

             

            Would love to go there looking for fossils one day. I've only ever been to Charmouth, where the ammonites were abundant!

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    Jan 13, 2013 11:37 PM (in response to Lurty)
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    Could you take some more pictures of it, perhaps one from the other side and one close up, it should make it easier to identify.

    Thank you.

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        Jan 16, 2013 2:02 AM (in response to Lurty)
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        I think its only trace fossil of sponge or coral maybe, I'm pretty sure its not bone looking at the new pictures. Its the wrong mineral preservation. Sorry.

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            Jan 18, 2013 1:12 AM (in response to Lurty)
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            I recommend taking it in to AMC at the NHM, they will be more then happy to identify it for you. You might be able to send it to them.

             

            Could you let me know when you find out for sure.

             

            Regards

             

            Shompy

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              Jan 18, 2013 3:12 PM (in response to Shompy)
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                  Jan 23, 2013 3:29 PM (in response to Lurty)
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                  This is definitely bone but I'd probably refer to it as sub-fossil as opposed to fossil - as you pointed out you can clearly identify the medullary cavity (for the marrow) and the trabecular bone in the second image on your first post. I think it's mammalian but it's difficult to identify beyond that as it is so sea worn and both ends are missing which have most of the diagnostic features. It's possibly the distal portion of a humerus, or possibly distal tibia but it is difficult to tell (definitely not human though!). Hope you get an answer!

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    Jan 24, 2013 11:45 PM (in response to Lurty)
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    Hello Lurty

    Over the years I / my sons have picked up a lot of bone material on the Holderness some of it Jurassic some Cretaceous and then the more recent as Heather pointed out as sub fossil although still very interesting especially if the bones have teeth or knife marks on them.

    We have only found three lots of sub fossil bone in situe (in the peat beds)  the skeleton pictured below was RCD at 1000yo and the peat bed it was found in was 2000yo

    We have found quite a bit of loose recent bone but the bits I like the most are stained with peat.

    bone 10.jpg

    In the Yorkshire museum?

     

    Part of a Skull we picked up recently.

    bh2.jpg

    Inside the skull

    bh5.jpg

    I have no real date for them but I would think Roman to Anglo Saxon going by the history of the Holderness.

     

    Tabfish

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