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14a1881

This is a fossil of unknown origin, it was allegedly found burried in sand near the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia; or possibly on the banks of the James River. The previous owner believed it to be an intervertebral disc of some kind of whale. It is clearly fossilized and has some areas encrusted with a sand like mineral. It also has a few spots where a shiny black mineral has been deposited. Can anyone provide an identification and possible an estimated age? 

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JohnBrewer

Welcome to the forum!

 

in order to get some sort of id we need many more pictures from as many angles as possible with a scale in inches or cm. 

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Wolf89

Looks like a cookie. Don't remember the actual name, but they are a part of vertabrae. Also I'm not sure but I'd assume miocene in age

 

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Fossildude19

Possibly a cetecean vertebral epiphysis? 

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Wolf89

Yeah that's it

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WhodamanHD

Yeah definitely a big ole whale cookie (epiphysis). If fossilized, I’d guess late miocene or early Pliocene in that area

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14a1881

Thanks for the quick replies, its does appear to be an epiphysis of some kind. Thank you

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hndmarshall

cant find many of these online so figuring from what I did find that stated that the 1-3 inch ones are rare to find whole then this one being as big as it is would be almost unheard of. Given that I would say its quite rare?

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ynot
32 minutes ago, hndmarshall said:

Given that I would say its quite rare?

I see a lot of them - too many for something that rare. (scarce maybe, but not rare.)

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