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This piece was found in a pleistocene deposit off the New Jersey coast and was labeled as Whale, hard to find any comparisons so I am unsure this is the case though its likely, any help on this will be appreciated. measures 3 x3 x 2 1/2 in 

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Brett Breakin' Rocks
3 hours ago, Ryann10006 said:

ersey coast and was labeled as Whale

Hi There,

 

Not very good with my vertebrate fossils but that is definitely not a whale vert. With the ball and socket .. convex/concave more likely something like a reptile perhaps ?  Turtle or alligator is the direction I would lean in my online searches. Hopefully someone will be by with a more specific ID.

 

Cheers,

Brett

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Kurufossils

@Brett Breakin' Rocks yeah I knew something was up with the ball and socket joint, thanks for a point in better direction with this one.

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caterpillar

I think Rhino

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sharkdoctor
6 hours ago, Rockwood said:

Isn't this a bit speculative given the condition of the features ?

I agree.

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Mahnmut

I´d also say terrestrial mammal, whale vertebrae are quite distinct, with relatively flat articulations.

Regards,

j

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Brett Breakin' Rocks
5 hours ago, sharkdoctor said:

I agree.

12 hours ago, Rockwood said:

Isn't this a bit speculative given the condition of the features ?

 

Darn, you know, I rolled on that one and got snake-eyes.  I'm normally not a gambler. I blame the beer and the late hour ... but I'm still learning.  No ID's after midnight ... (or is that food ?)

 

At least we have some comparative ungulate material to work with ...

 

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TFF Member Jgradias

 

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Petalodus12

+1 for mammalian cervical. For me the transverse foramina (holes on either side of the centrum) jumped out as an indication of cervical

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Kurufossils

Thanks for all the help everyone, I'm definitely leaning towards Carl's opinion in this one.

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