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Cen. Fla fossil

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LaPete

Looking for help IDing this one that was donated to Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis, FL (just about in the very middle of the state). i believe it was found around here. Thank you

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digit

Very interesting and unusual (can't say I've ever seen the likes in Florida). Nicely articulated--initially made me thin phalanges (finger/toe bones) but as they appear to be fused together, I'm assuming it is some part of the spine--possibly a coccyx (tail bone)?

 

Hopefully, there is something about this that rings a bell with @Harry Pristis.

 

Looking forward to hearing what others have to say about this item.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Tidgy's Dad

Lovely and bizarre. :headscratch:

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ynot

My first thought was a sloth tail, but that is a guess.

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Carl

My gut reaction to the first photos was that it was a series of mammal sternebrae.

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digit

Ah, never considered a sternum--but looking at images online, I do see a strong resemblance in several ways.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

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Plantguy

Boy that is intriguing isnt it and looks like it may have been on the painful side. Seems worthy of shooting a note and pics to Dr. Hulbert for his expertise/thoughts. 

 

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/amateur-collector/fossil-id/

Per the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology of the Florida Museum of Natural History site:

 

Electronic Images. Send us digital images of specimens either as e-mail attachments in JPEG format (to rhulbert@flmnh.ufl.edu) or post them on your own web site and e-mail us the address (URL) of the site. Please include a ruler or some other indication of scale in the image. Take pictures of more than one side of the specimen.

 

Please let us know what he says. Would love to hear what it is/who it came from. Neat specimen!

Regards, Chris 

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Carl

Not sure that shows pathology. The sternum is often very cartilaginous and those rugose surfaces could just be cartilage attachments.

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