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Aug 17, 2011 11:54 AM

Answered afap - What animal is this from and is it very old? (Rib)

I found this on the beach in West Wittering, a stretch of coast that turns up Pleistocene and other much older remains and I wondered whether this was very old or much more recent. It has the weight to be expected of bone. It looks to me like it may have been cut away on the side and appears to have incisions, which may be butchery marks. The break appears to have been made across one of these incisions and looks deliberate.

 

It looks like a femur to me but I have looked for examples online and I can't find anything that matches, particularly in respect of the right-angle between the main shaft and the horizontal protrusion.

 

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Jul 4, 2011 1:03 PM (in response to wittering)
    Re: What animal is this from and is it very old?
    I'm surprised no-one has responded to this. It's difficult to identify three-dimensional objects from photos, but it could be the head of a rib (which are double-headed in some animals). It might be worth sending it or bringing it to the museum for identification.
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      Aug 15, 2011 5:01 PM (in response to Lorna Steel)
      Re: What animal is this from and is it very old?
      Hi, yes I agree it is a rib - quite large and with those nice clear butchery marks something that was eaten so cattle or large deer perhaps.  The colour could be burning or because it was in soil/clay with low oxygen (like the smelly black stuff in the bottom of ponds).
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    Jul 22, 2011 1:01 AM (in response to wittering)
    Re: What animal is this from and is it very old?
    It is somewhat hard to identify from the photos. While I couldn't tell you which animal this is from it does resemble a femur and those incisions are definitely consistent with butchery cuts as a result of defleshing.
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