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Help ID Vertebrae Piece From Calvert Cliffs

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StirFry

Looking to find out as much about this vertebrae piece found at Calvert Cliffs, MD.

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StirFry

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Rockwood

Dolphin thoracic vertebra I think. 

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SailingAlongToo

Nice piece and great find!!! Looks almost complete with the neural arch and the processes. The view in photo #2 looks like an axis. The bulge is where the atlas would sit/join.

 

@Boesse may be able to give you more specific info.

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Rockwood
8 minutes ago, LordTrilobite said:

Definitely looks like an axis vertebra. So it would be cervical, not dorsal.

Yea, I thought about amending my call, but it still seemed tall.

Thick necked are they ?

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StirFry

Here's a shot to give you the scale....

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PaleoRon

Cetacean axis vertebra. It is much more complete than most. Nice find.

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caldigger

Ernst Ranch, East Quarry

Mid. Miocene 

Round Mountain Silt Member

Temblor Formation

Bakersfield, California

Thanks for a more definitive ID.

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SailingAlongToo
2 minutes ago, caldigger said:

Mid. Miocene 

Round Mountain Silt Member

Temblor Formation

Bakersfield, California

Thanks for a more definitive ID.

 

 

Gorgeous specimen. Your's looks like a dolphin sized critter.

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caldigger
25 minutes ago, SailingAlongToo said:

Gorgeous specimen. Your's looks like a dolphin sized critter.

Pretty much the exact same size as the OP's.

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Rockwood
7 hours ago, PaleoRon said:

Cetacean axis vertebra.

Is this a nod to the fact that anterior vertebrae are relatively undifferentiated or is it a term I not familiar with ? 

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Rockwood
8 minutes ago, Rockwood said:

Is this a nod to the fact that anterior vertebrae are relatively undifferentiated or is it a term I not familiar with ? 

Okay, I got it. C2 second crevical

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FossilsAnonymous

Great Specimen. Have to agree with what others have said.

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SailingAlongToo
11 hours ago, caldigger said:

Pretty much the exact same size as the OP's.

Yeap.

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Tidgy's Dad

Nice find! :)

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Boesse

this is indeed an axis vertebra (C2) of a medium-largeish odontocete. Not Squalodon-sized, but bottlenose dolphin size. Family uncertain, but could possibly be identified owing to its completeness as atlas/axis vertebrae are somewhat diagnostic.

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