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VTinNorthAB

Hey all!  

 

I was visiting a friend who owns a local rock and gem shop here in Edmonton.  I guess he had purchased a small storage locker of Canadian minerals from a couple who bought a shop in the 70’s. 

 

In one one of the boxes was this weird thing.  I asked him if he knew what it was and he had no information for it.  No idea where it came from or what it even was.  I asked if he would sell it to me and he said sure.  I have a feeling it’s a whale’s inner ear bone??  Any help?

 

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Fossildude19

Yup.  @Boesse

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daves64

Moby Dick's hearing aid! :D

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Bronzviking

Yes you are correct, Inner ear bone to a whale, Tympanic Bulla.

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caldigger

As I understand it, if you put it up to your ear you can hear whale songs.

But you have to do it in a crowded area so everyone can see you or it won't work! ;)

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VTinNorthAB

 

Just now, caldigger said:

As I understand it, if you put it up to your ear you can hear whale songs.

But you have to do it in a crowded area so everyone can see you or it won't work! ;)

 

Lucky for me my kiddo already did that in the shop and she said there was a woodpecker and a t-rex in there

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VTinNorthAB

Anyone know if this is more recent or how to tell if it’s fossilized 

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caldigger

Looks more like a failed attempt at a flower pot you made in ceramics class!

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I'm thinking modern.

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VTinNorthAB
2 hours ago, caldigger said:

Looks more like a failed attempt at a flower pot you made in ceramics class!

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I'm thinking modern.

 

Pfft Dude, I gots mad pottery skills. Hahaha my whole grade 10 art profile was based on Egyptian canopic jars haha. 

 

Yea I’m thinking modern too.  It’s a neat educational piece for the kiddos 

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MrR

Cool bone. That's the second one of that size, and perhaps type, that has been discussed here in the past couple of weeks. Here's the last one:
Big bones.

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facehugger

Awesome specimen...

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Boesse

This is a modern (not fossil) tympanic bulla from an extant gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus)

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VTinNorthAB
1 hour ago, Boesse said:

This is a modern (not fossil) tympanic bulla from an extant gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus)

 

Thank you for the information!  It was an odd piece to find at the shop.  My 4 year old for whatever reason is really attached to it but it will definitely be brought in as a great educational piece for their school 

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