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  • Equus sp. "cannon bone"


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    • This complete metacarpal, a.k.a. cannon bone is an extremely rare find for North Carolina. Pleistocene mammals are uncommon and are mostly teeth. Being complete and undamaged it will be taking a prominent spot in my collection. The bone was found in a quarry containing mixed sediments of Pliocene Yorktown Formation, which is marine and a Pleistocene pebble lag. The odds are very very small that this would be from the Pliocene, so I am going on my gut feeling that this is from the Pleistocene. I also would like to send thanks to forum member @Fruitbat and @Harry Pristis for giving me a positive I.D. on this. 

    Taxonomy

    Horse

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Mammalia
    Order: Perissodactyla
    Family: Equidae
    Genus: Equus
    Species: E. sp.
    Author Citation Linnaeus, 1758

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Cenozoic
    Period: Quaternary
    Epoch: Pleistocene

    Stratigraphy

    Pleistocene Sediments

    Provenance

    Collector: Don Rideout
    Date Collected: 10/13/2017
    Acquired by: Field Collection

    Dimensions

    Blank: 279mm

    Location

    Quarry
    Craven County
    North Carolina
    United States

    Comments

    This complete metacarpal, a.k.a. cannon bone is an extremely rare find for North Carolina. Pleistocene mammals are uncommon and are mostly teeth. Being complete and undamaged it will be taking a prominent spot in my collection. The bone was found in a quarry containing mixed sediments of Pliocene Yorktown Formation, which is marine and a Pleistocene pebble lag. The odds are very very small that this would be from the Pliocene, so I am going on my gut feeling that this is from the Pleistocene. I also would like to send thanks to forum member @Fruitbat and @Harry Pristis for giving me a positive I.D. on this. 



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