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Possible Fossil found in western Pennsylvania


GjoniL

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Hi, 

I recently found what I believe is a possible Equine tibia on a piece of my family's land in western Pennsylvania. I work primarily with human skeletal remains so my paleo zooarchaeology skills may not be up to par compared to others that study the subject full time. I found the bone when I was digging holes to plant some trees; it was not found with any other bones or contextual clues. The habitat is a western Pennsylvania woodland forest that has very little development and was found during the fall. I would appreciate any feedback as to what exactly I have in my possession. Thank you for your time! 

 

P.S. Please do not mind the background, the image was taken at my work desk. 

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for comparison

 

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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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With the two pronounced bumps on the end-view(?), and the curve of the bone, I'd GUESS bovine, and modern, not fossilized.  Again, I'll admit my newbie status on such things. Big bone though. And I can say without hesitation that it isn't a concretion. That much I have learned. ;) Good luck finding out for sure.

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On 1/7/2019 at 9:20 PM, abyssunder said:

for comparison

 

5c3408b7ccae3_Tibia1.thumb.jpg.7d65f079eef24c6aac945184a35967a3.jpg   5c3408be04ec0_Tibia1_text.thumb.jpg.0f802fea24b22cc540459a67f5de0f4f.jpg5c3408c3a4997_Tibia2.thumb.jpg.58278e8a85e2712873ee33c577d831c2.jpg5c3408b2442c4_Tibia2_text.thumb.jpg.0f2b98abf6dfbee8386b6c613033b8c6.jpg

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

 

 

 

Thank you for the guide, it is extremely helpful. What part of Romania are you located in? I will be attending a field school in Transylvania this summer. Once again thank you for the guide, I will research further into the "Atlas of Animal Bones. For Prehistorians, Archaeologists and Quaternary Geologists"

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On 1/7/2019 at 7:49 PM, MrR said:

I can say without hesitation that it isn't a concretion. That much I have learned. ;)

:yay-smiley-1:. We'll make you a fossil expert yet!

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9 hours ago, GjoniL said:

Thank you for the guide, it is extremely helpful. What part of Romania are you located in? I will be attending a field school in Transylvania this summer. Once again thank you for the guide, I will research further into the "Atlas of Animal Bones. For Prehistorians, Archaeologists and Quaternary Geologists"

You are welcome! :)
I live in Timisoara, in the west side of the country.

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will stevenson

Again I would say that it is modern but that doesn’t mean it isn’t old:)

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