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Jun 25, 2013 7:02 PM

Please Identify Jaw Bone Fragment

I found this bone in a forest preserve in Chicago. i would normally have thought it to be a deer jaw bone, however it is very wide. sadly, it is only a fragment and is not complete so i cant identify it myself. the teeth kind of imply a hoofed animal. i woulld appreciate if somebody would let me know what they think it is. Photo on 2013-06-25 at 12.56.jpgtop view.

 

Photo on 2013-06-25 at 12.57.jpgthis would be the side that is outside of the mouth

 

Photo on 2013-06-25 at 12.57 #2.jpgthis would be the side that is inside the mouth

 

Photo on 2013-06-25 at 12.57 #3.jpgthis is the bottom of the whole fragment where the teeth go down into the jaw

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    Jun 26, 2013 9:26 AM (in response to sixty-four)
    Re: Please Identify Jaw Bone Fragment

    This is the part of the skull which holds the upper teeth in a hoofed animal. The tooth closest to the back of the mouth has not come through yet so this is a young animal. In young animals the individual bones of the skull are not fused together and the skulls can come apart during decay, just like this one has,

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