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Dec 9, 2013 8:32 PM

fossil bone identification, please!

i bought two bone fossils the other day from a little taxidermy shop, but like an idiot i forgot to ask him if he knew what they were/where they're from. they were only £3 though, so either he has no idea what he's doing or they're from a very common animal!


i've tried to google stuff but i can't find anything really... my boyfriend (studied palaeontology) and i were thinking it could be a woolly rhino or mammoth or something because of how cheap they were, but i'm not sure how heavy Pleistocene fossils tend to be (they tend to look just like normal, discoloured bone), and whether this and the dark cracked surface is at all an indicator of age??


they're VERY heavy and dense, and very dark too, and the inside of the smaller bone is lighter and looks "fresher" than the other one... the inside of the bigger bone is kind of squashed together in places and overall it's much heavier than the little one, which seems lighter in relation to its size.


i really hope someone here knows!!! if not then i'll take them to the Norwich castle museum to see if they know... they only have a tiny section on fossils but it's worth a go!


here are photos of the smaller bone:


and the bigger one:

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