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So here's another unidentified Florida scrap I found a couple years ago. Age guess is Mio, Plio-Pleistocene. I had initially thought it might just be another broken piece off a vert and set it aside but having looked at the base? recently I'm wondering if it might be another crazy ear component or something else--maybe even a whale petrosal but I'm just guessing . Since its got so many weird surfaces/angles I tried to rotate it and give you a number of views...Seems to have a couple surfaces that appear to be undamaged and the last two shots show the base. About 50mm along the longest side. Any thoughts/ID's are much appreciated. Thanks! Regards, Chris
Another find this weekend, actually Rick found it but let me bring it home, want to confirm that it's a petrosal and also what species based on my research I believe it to be. Found: Greensmill Run, Greenville NC among a huge array of items (whale bone including several tempanic bulla, shark teeth (great white, tiger,crow, Giant White Shark etc) and two Enchodus teeth etc. Believed to be a Petrosal from Balaenoptera Sursiplana? I thought (from one specific article/image reference below) that is was possibly Plesiobalaenoptera but it noted they are only found in Italy and the long flat part seemed much thicker than the reference image, but the rest seemed better matched than from the other species noted above?
Here are a couple of periotics (ear bones) from small, toothed whales from the Miocene-Pliocene of South Florida. I don't know more than that about them, so I'm hoping that someone here will have an identification. Such periotics are found from time to time in the Peace River, but they are not well known to collectors. And for comparison: