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Long time no Sea, but I found a skull(?) beachcombing yesterday (12/11/2021)


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Well, possibly. My mom suggested it might be a coccyx of some kind, but I think the surviving eye socket is extremely suggestive.

Forgot to mention my usual, found it on a Suffolk beach in England, washed up by the North Sea.

 

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Let me know if you'd like a different view. Also, is the part between the eyes what they call a fenestra?

 

Thank you in advance for any suggestions or information!

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I think this is a piece of neural arch from a mammal vertebra. The floor of the North Sea is known for Pleistocene fossils. 

You should wait for more opinions though.

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Thank you, Rockwood! If you're right, it's a very good thing I didn't put any money on it against my mom. :whistle:

I had no idea about the Pleistocene specifically, I know it was where the Doggerland sank about 10K years ago, but that's nothing compared to the Ice Age!

 

Thanks again, I love learning about this stuff. :)

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This is actually the base/back of a skull (occipital bone) where the atlas (first vertebra) attaches to the skull.  Your "eye socket" in the first picture is the foramen magnum.  Not sure what animal.

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Ah. The old back bone connected to the occipital condyle trick. 

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Something along this line:

 

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This is from a deer, which looks a bit different from yours, but hopefully you get the idea.

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Thank you ClearLake! I can absolutely see the resemblance now. (when will I learn to stop letting my imagination run away with me, LOL).

 

I'd like to mark that post as informative but i keep getting the pop-up "Sorry, there was a problem reacting to this content.". :shakehead:

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