I recently found this item on the foreshore at Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight. It looks like some sort of vertebra, but I may be wrong !! If anyone could ID it for me that would be much appreciated. Many thanks.
It looks like some kind of mammal bone. I would guess the age is early Holocene-Early Pliocene, but I may be wrong (but I think it's old because of the coloration.)
I would guess it's part of a dorsal vertebrae of a bison priscus.
But to make a more accurate ID, it would be easier to know more info, eg is it hollow, because if it's hollow it would probably be off a bird.
Also, how heavy is it? This would make it easier to know the exact age.
Definately bone well done, a very nice find.
Has it come from peat deposits nearby?
Just thinking because of the colour.
If there is some deposits nearby have a look inside of them - you may find some more bones.
This specimen has not traveled far in/on the seashore because of the partial wear on the specimen.
Hi, as far as I know there are no peat deposits nearby. The area at the southern end of Thorness Bay is a continuation of the Hamstead Beds / Bembridge Marls. This is a blue clay that the locals call "blue slipper" - I've had many a fall there !!
Bembridge Marls, insect beds?
Wish i was on the island at the moment!
We have had some good recent bone finds collecting near Yarmouth to the east, looking for the croc bones.