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Can anyone identify this piece? Supposedly a fossil and from southern california, but I don't have it in hand so all I know. Ruler is in inches. Thanks!

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maybe a opossum   

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Thanks Darrow. That was my first thought too. Also looks kind of modern, to my eye anyways.

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yardrockpaleo

Yeah, looks pretty modern. Try the Burn Test.

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Thecosmilia Trichitoma

We have no shortage of possums for that to come from! I also believe it is modern. As @yardrockpaleo suggested, take a match and hold it up to the jaw. If it has a “burnt hair” smell, it’s modern. Fossilized bone won’t have an odor.

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4 molars and modern... it is an opposum.

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