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Mammalian Occipital Bone/Nuchal Ridge?

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TXV24

Hi, 

 

I was out collecting from the Bouldnor Formation on Tuesday as usual and came across this piece of bone on the foreshore west of Cranmore. I initially thought it may have been part of a vertebra, but from what I can tell after looking at it further I think it may be part of the occipital bone/nuchal ridge (not sure on the proper name for this region of the skull so please correct me if I'm wrong) from the back of a mammal skull, as I can see an area that may be the beginning of a sagittal crest. The specimen is damaged in some areas and has clearly been broken off from a larger specimen at some point and worn by the elements. I was wondering if anyone would be able to confirm if this is a piece of occipital bone, and if it would be possible to ID it further based on its morphology etc. 

 

Thank you, 

 

Theo 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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jpc

Tough to see exactly what is going on, but I think you are right. 

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JohnBrewer

I’m 99% sure it’s an occipital. 

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