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Large chunk of cetacean bone. Partial rib or jaw? Neither?

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MrR

Greetings, all. Recently a friend gave me a rather large chunk of fossil bone from the Shark Tooth Hill area of Bakersfield. While originally we thought it might be a rib bone, I now think that it being so straight for the length it is, as well as the larger radius, that it might be a piece of a jawbone. Perhaps a partial jaw of a Miocene baleen. Mysticete?  Perhaps there's no way to tell? Any opinions are appreciated. Thanks ahead of time. Cheers.

 

 

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ynot

Looks like a rib to Me.

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MrR

Thanks for your input, ynot. Cheers.

 

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JBMugu

+1 for rib

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caldigger

It sounds like your friend is a quite an upstanding person with his original assessment... and likely dashingly handsome as well. ;)

 

OK, maybe not so much of that last part, but I can stand up fairly straight!

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daves64
25 minutes ago, caldigger said:

It sounds like your friend is a quite an upstanding person with his original assessment... and likely dashingly handsome as well. ;)

:doh!:

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MrR

I don't care what all of you experts, scientists, other upstanding people, and your combined millennia of experience say, I know it's a partial jaw. And it's certainly baleen. Heck, I can even see where the teeth once "was". Thanks for your opinions nonetheless. :ighappy::megdance:

 

In all seriousness. Thanks, all. Especially to stand-up guy, caldigger. The RIB bone looks very nice on that Meg-filled matrix. ;)

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