TNCollector

Owner of this Inner Ear Bone?

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Who owns this Inner ear bone? I found this on Amelia Island, Florida. I also found some shark teeth and lots of bone fragments. These fossils come from the dredges that cut into Miocene? formations and probably other younger formations. I imagine it is from a cetacean or other aquatic mammal. It is in GREAT shape, with lots of detail, including the inner cochlea. It is my favorite find of the trip. 

 

Let me know what you all think! I am a noob with this younger stuff. Mammals were still a 200 million year old length of time away from my expertise.

 

@Boesse

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Yeah, that is a cetacean ear bone.

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11 minutes ago, ynot said:

Yeah, that is a cetacean ear bone.

Thanks Tony. Is it possible to narrow it down to type?

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1 minute ago, TNCollector said:

Thanks Tony. Is it possible to narrow it down to type?

I am sure that Bobby will be able to, but it is beyond My knowledge.

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8 hours ago, TNCollector said:

Who owns this Inner ear bone? I found this

It's yours. You found it fair and square. "Finders keepers..."

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This is a delphinid periotic, possibly a bottlenose dolphin like Tursiops. Good bet that this is Pliocene.

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