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729 Views 1 Reply Last post: Mar 26, 2013 2:31 PM by John RSS
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Mar 26, 2013 12:27 PM

Old Whale Bones?

Afternoon all. Newbie alert. First time here so hope I get this right.


My wife's great uncle had gifted us what appears to be two very old bones which he believes might come from a whale. He uncovered them in Milnerton, Western Cape, South Africa about 20 years ago and has been using them as paper weights since. Can anyone shed any light on what they might be and how old they may be? I've photographed them next to a 50p piece to give some idea of scale.


Large Bone

Small Bone


Any help or guidance very much gratefully received.





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    Mar 26, 2013 2:31 PM (in response to RescueShrek)
    Re: Old Whale Bones?

    The large bone is part of a vertebra, mainly the vertebral body with a transverse process/pedical attached. Its shape is suggestive of a cervical or early thoracic vertebra of a whale. Looking on line there have been mammoth remains found at Milnerton, I have no experience of mammoth/elephant so I could not exclude this! The small bone looks like the finger bone of a whale.

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