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Help with ID — beach find

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Wolfeman

Hi all. I found this washed up on the beach at high tide at Ocean Isle Beach in southern North Carolina this morning. Any help identifying what I found is most appreciated. I thought it might be petrified wood but the shape made me wonder if I’ve found a fossil of some type instead. It is porous. Roughly 1” x 3”. Thanks for any guidance you can provide!

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fossilized6s

Appears to be a mammal rib fragment. 

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Wolfeman

Thanks @fossilized6s ! Is this a common find? Have never come across something like this. 

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Cowboy Paleontologist

+1 for rib fragment.

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Rockwood

Fully pachyostic bone like this would be from a dugong or close relative.

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Wolfeman

Thanks everyone for the assistance. I’m excited to have come across this but not as much so as my 7 year old son who is a self professed paleontologist. Great forum here. 

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Rockwood
9 hours ago, Wolfeman said:

Thanks everyone for the assistance. I’m excited to have come across this but not as much so as my 7 year old son who is a self professed paleontologist. Great forum here. 

To see the world as an excited 7 year old. Sums up the reason why quite nicely. :dinothumb:

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