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I found this in a mound of shells on Casey Key in Venice Beach, FL. It is almost 1 1/2 inches long. Thank you!

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Kosmoceras

Looks like it could be, but I am no expert with Venice beach stuff, so I can't tell for sure.

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Rob Russell

It appearse to be a toe bone, but from what I'm not sure. I have no doubts that that someone here will know. Cool find, and welcome to the forum!

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dragonsfly

That's what I was thinking, nice find !

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Auspex

Looks like a metatarsal; from what I don't know.

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dragonsfly

Are you sure its fossilized? :o

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Rockwood

Are you sure its fossilized? :o

Good question. It doesn't look it to me. If you need some help answering I'm sure you will get plenty of advice here.

On second thought, maybe not. It looks like that was the question. Tap it with something hard. If it sounds like fine china it's mineralized. It's not always that simple but it's a good place to start.

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After tapping it with various hard items, I would guess this is not fossilized. Where could I find out what kind of bone this is?

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Rockwood

There is a difference between fossilized and mineralized. This looks modern but I have some 15,000 year old clam shells that look modern. I think much of Florida is Pleistocene also. I really expected someone more local to jump in here, but short of that you could try to find a match on line or take it to a university.

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Fossildude19

Cow/pig phalanx?

Total Guess. Was hopping Nate or Harry would see this.

You could try the "flame test" to see if it's recent or not.

Good Luck.

Regards,

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Tarheel59

This past summer I was on the gulf coastal area and visited Venice. There was a lot of bones lying in the shallows that were not fossilized They were scattered hundreds of yards. Could they be whale or some other marine mammal?? Jeff/Tarheel

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eyesearch

Update- I sent the photos to Richard C. Hulbert Jr. the Collections Manager at the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, Florida Museum of Natural History and he identified it as a toe bone from a juvenile white-tailed deer. Modern, not a fossil.

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Lloyd

The "tap test" is a good indicator if you do get that fine china sound because, of course, that verifies you have a fossil. I've found, though, in Florida the lack of the fine china sound does not rule out fossil so it is not a good indicator in that way. I've heard of the flame test but never tried it myself, I have heard - however - that it will positively identify a find as fossil or not based on the smell once put under flame.

That being said, looking at it I thought toe bone right away with no clue what animal.... since you had Hulbert at UF look at it, I'd take that ID to the bank, being the collections curator there at the Museum, he has access to the entire Florida State collection and his id's are rarely anything but right on.

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jacob

Looks modern to me, my best guess would be from a cow.

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PrehistoricFlorida

It's important to note that this bone is a phalanx, not a metatarsal. Based on these pictures, I would identify it as a juvenile modern pig.

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