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Victoria B

Can anyone say what it is?? Looks like a cartilage or a shell

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Victoria B

Hello everyone! 

I have no experience with fossils whatsoever, but this looks like a fossil to me. 

It is very heavy and feels like a petrified bone / cartilage or shell of some kind. Very peculiar.

What is it? I bought it in a second hand shop in Sweden.

Thank you in advance!

 

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caldigger

This is an inner ear bone called a "bulla" from a cetacean ( whale).

To me it looks fairly modern. Perhaps a souvenir from the days of whaling ship expeditions. 

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Victoria B

Wooot!! WOW :) THANK YOU

How old is it?

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caldigger
20 minutes ago, Victoria B said:

Wooot!! WOW :) THANK YOU

How old is it?

Given the height of whaling, likely not more than 200 years.

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Victoria B

Aah, so it is no fossil, just a bone. But it is so spooky and beautiful, thank you so much!

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Bobby Rico

Not fossil but modern as caldigger said. very cool find.  :)

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SailingAlongToo

That is a VERY cool find and is in very good condition.  Someone at your local museum can probably give you a Genus and species from the specimen.

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Victoria B

Ok! I'll write them now and ask! :) 

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JohnBrewer

That is one cool find. @Boesse May have some input 

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Victoria B

Thanks! Wrote him a message, we'll see if he answers.

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ynot
1 minute ago, Victoria B said:

Thanks! Wrote him a message, we'll see if he answers.

Boesse does not log on every day (or week).

It may be a while before You get an answer.

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Victoria B

Ok! I'll be patient :)

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Al Dente

Here are bullas from extinct and modern families of baleen whales.

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Victoria B

Probably, balaenopteridae then? Or parietobalaena?

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MrR

Wow, modern or not, it's a neat bone. Out of curiosity, what are its dimension? It does look huge by standards of the fossil bulla(s) I have seen. And as expert, Boesse, said, it's likely from a Blue Whale, which I believe are the world's largest creature. Good find, and you didn't even have to get dirty to find it. Congrat's.

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Victoria B

14 cm x 10 cm x 8 cm (circa 5'5 x 3'9 x 3'15 inches). Weight 740 g / 1.63 lb.

It feels such an honour to have it. Incredible I found it there, they never had anything like that before. And how great it is I find you guys to explain all this for me.  

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Mark Kmiecik

Whaling was banned in 1986. It may be as young as 33 years old.

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