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Apr 25, 2013 11:26 AM

Please can someone tell me if this is real bone

I found this today near macclesfield and we are unsure if it is real or not...we have checked for wire holding the item together but there isn't any, but what appears to be fragments of tendons (??) holding it together, its is around 5inchs in total length

 

If someone could tell me if it is real or not I would be most grateful

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    Apr 25, 2013 1:36 PM (in response to Leanne7)
    Re: Please can someone tell me if this is real bone

    Hello,

    Yes, these are real bones. They belonged to a carnivorous mammal, perhaps cat, dog, fox, but not badger, otter, etc. The long one is the radius (together with the ulna it forms the forearm). The three squarish ones are carpal bones, from the wrist. The four longer ones are metacarpals, and form the basis of the palm. Phalanxes, forming fingers, would have been attached at the tips of those, but seem to be lost now. The bones are kept together by ligaments that normally degrade some time after death, which means this specimen is pretty fresh.

    I hope this helps.

    Yours,

    Florin

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