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Phalanx from what?

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MOGARDE

Hello,

 

I found this fossilized bone while walking down by the river in Missouri. In doing some research it looks like it could be a metatarsal bone. It seems hard to identify what animal the bone could be from. I took several photos but due to size restrictions I am going to post one and then see if I can post the others to my original reply. Do you know what the bone could be from or how old it may be?  It is the first fossilized bone I have found so I appreciate any help. Thank You!

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abyssunder

Welcome to the Forum! :)

The bone is not a metatarsal, but it's a nice phalanx.

 

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excerpt from E. Schmid. 1972. Atlas of Animal Bones. For Prehistorians, Archaeologists and Quaternary Geologists. Elsevier, New York.

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Harry Pristis

 

Compare with the Florida deer toe bone (medial phalanx).  Your find is substantially larger; but then, northern deer do grow larger.

 

 

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