Can anybody identify this bone? It was found on a beach in North Kent at very low tide. It is very soft and falling apart. Bits of mammoth teeth have been found there (and those were totally falling apart too) so it is probably from the Ice Age. It seems to have a socket at one end, so could be a shoulder-blade, but it doesn't look like a shoulder-blade from any animal I can think of.
Hi Steve, That is a very interesting suggestion. It does indeed look like the base of an elk (moose) antler, by comparison with photos of elk. Also, this specimen is rather lightly built in comparison with other shoulder blades I have found - whereas they are solid bone all the way through, this looks as it is was semi-hollow - or maybe the inside has already decayed. Many thanks. Peter