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Leg bone? Unusual UAE fossil

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I found this fossil today on a hill close to a beach called shipwreck beach in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. I have not found anything quite like this before. Hope it can be identified. My geusse is leg bone, but it looks a lot like a jaw with no teeth. I'm no sure about the time period, most fossils here seem to be from miocene.

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MrBones

The fossil was stuck, upside down, in a layer of gypsum, floating above a red clay-like layer.

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Fossildude19

Please take pictures of all sides of the item.

Front, back, top, bottom, and both sides.

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MrBones

The under side is currently not visable. There is a small hole in the centre.20191004_115223.thumb.jpg.40fa42d80ab4b50c3ca0c1cbcc35f7d0.jpg20191004_115227.thumb.jpg.9ac604ae2b34a1bd8e376e36afad9db5.jpg

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MrBones

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El_Hueso

Whoa this is defiantly a very interesting find. On the one hand, I can see what you mean when you say leg, but when I look at it kind of squinted I can certainly see a "jaw bone".  I am very stumped by this. What looks to be "teeth" could be rock concretions imbedded in a softer rock. I am very interested in a closer view of those "teeth" if you are able to post them.

 

Very cool find regardless of whatever this is. It is definitely something I would have picked up. :)

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MrBones

I agree, it is a very nice find. It does not have any teeth, you were right, they are just smaller rocks, also there isn't any holes in the bone where teeth could have been.

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Troodon

Interesting find congrat.  A photo looking down might help others ID your find.  Hip bone? Illium?

 

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MrBones

Top and side view, after a bit of prep.20191004_181818.thumb.jpg.fab68bdb6892df7a41d9cacc8d4466f5.jpg20191004_181429.thumb.jpg.659797aa04891268762b122e9d80c3d7.jpg

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MrBones

Don't know if it helps, but Ruwais use to be a savanna.

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Pemphix

From all what i understood by reading several articles about that site, the fossil might be of scientific interest/significance:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281712147_Miocene_Geology_and_Fossils_of_Abu_Dhabi

https://www.academia.edu/760202/A_New_Late_Miocene_Fossil_Site_In_Ruwais_Western_Region_of_Abu_Dhabi_United_Arab_Emirates

http://www.adias-uae.com/ruwais.html

 

ID'ing is still hard, since to less is visible to make a clear ID here...

Bone is for sure.

The known list of fossils from this site listed in the articles may help. 

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MrBones
24 minutes ago, Pemphix said:

From all what i understood by reading several articles about that site, the fossil might be of scientific interest/significance:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281712147_Miocene_Geology_and_Fossils_of_Abu_Dhabi

https://www.academia.edu/760202/A_New_Late_Miocene_Fossil_Site_In_Ruwais_Western_Region_of_Abu_Dhabi_United_Arab_Emirates

http://www.adias-uae.com/ruwais.html

 

ID'ing is still hard, since to less is visible to make a clear ID here...

Bone is for sure.

The known list of fossils from this site listed in the articles may help. 

Well, that is exiting! I am aware that there is very little information on the fossils here, and not much is done to preserve them. Thank you for doing the research!

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MrBones

I found this diagram of an early elephant jaw they found near here, looks similar.Screenshot_20191010-194159.thumb.png.3fbf00d0b1bcc0c9bd7bcb7a0aff41a0.png

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Pemphix
1 hour ago, MrBones said:

I found this diagram of an early elephant jaw they found near here, looks similar.Screenshot_20191010-194159.thumb.png.3fbf00d0b1bcc0c9bd7bcb7a0aff41a0.png

Much too small for an elephant (if not a juvi). 

 

 

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MrBones

I shall study some more....

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MrBones

After consulting a zoological paleontologist, Dr. Mark Beech, it seems to be a jawbone from a crocodile closely related to the Nile crocodile. The part of the jaw that contained the teeth has broken off, long ago.

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Harry Pristis

For comparison:

 

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