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What part of a Mammoth is this?

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matgerke

I got this off eBay as an impulse purchase. It was described as a mammoth bone from Alaska, but I don't know what bone.  What am I looking at?

 

Thanks, 

Matt

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matgerke

Other photos...

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matgerke

... And another, with my hand for scale...

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ynot

Size?

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Fossildude19

Atlas vertebra? :unsure: 

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matgerke
Just now, ynot said:

Size?

Should be clear from the last photo, but let me know if you need actual dimensions.

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ynot
3 minutes ago, matgerke said:

Should be clear from the last photo, but let me know if you need actual dimensions.

Hands are variable in size, so do not make a good scale. You should always include a scale (ruler preferred) or the measurements.

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goatinformationist

Yeah, I'll go with atlas to.  Gave one of those to my nephew.

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matgerke

Dimensions are about 6.5 inches x 4 in x 4 in.

 

Somehow it doesn't look to me like the images of wooly mammoth atlases that I see online.  Take the hole, for instance: it's round, while the holes I see on atlases for mammoths are more figure eight.

 

Could it be a wooly rhino?

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Fossildude19

A picture of the hole might be helpful. ;) 

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matgerke
1 minute ago, Fossildude19 said:

A picture of the hole might be helpful. ;) 

Yes, I suppose it would. :)

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Fossildude19

Maybe whale? 

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matgerke
16 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

Maybe whale? 

It was found pretty far inland (Tanana River).  Whale seems unlikely.

 

Although I realize I just suggested Wooly Rhino, which has never been found in Alaska. :)

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Fossildude19

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WhodamanHD

That’s a weird atlas, I haven’t seen anything like it (although I don’t stare at atlas vertabrae much). I can’t wait to see what the consensus is:popcorn:

have you seen anything akin to it @Harry Pristis?

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jpc

I agree with boesse that it is not whale, but it is huge for an ungulate. And it looks weird for an elephant.   Are there sloths known form Alaska?  

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Harry Pristis
3 hours ago, Boesse said:

Not from a cetacean and far too small for elephant - suggest making comparisons with large ungulates - bison, muskox, moose, etc. and ground sloths.

 

I agree with Boesse, an ungulate, likely bovine, but I wouldn't recognize a moose atlas.

 

 

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abyssunder

Atlas.thumb.jpg.e657cc046fce1a6d73701bd40228ccdf.jpgAtlas_text.thumb.jpg.643b6751cdf3f9713bd79455fafd4956.jpg

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

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BobWill

Great resource. Since the smallest, roundish neural canal orifice looks to be Cervus, Harry might be right with Moose

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LordTrilobite

Yes, definitely an atlas vertebra of a large mammal. It's the wrong shape for Mammoth. I agree that it could be something like a bovid or cervid. Though I don't have any reference on me right now.

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matgerke

Thanks for all the input, folks!  Really appreciate the wisdom.

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