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bone of some sort?

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Cherie

I found this on the beach in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I'd like to find out what it is and how old it is.

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Rockwood

Toe bone ? Definitely fossil bone.

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rand95

Nice find.

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Rockwood

Proximal phalanx of a horse looks close.

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Cherie

Found a pic of a medial phalanx that matched shape perfectly. Now need to know what it was from and how old it is. 

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Rockwood

@Harry Pristis might know more.

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Harry Pristis

 

Medial phalanx of a horse.  Age no older than about 2.5 Ma.

 

 

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Cherie

2.5 ma? Not sure what that means. Can u tell me how you know?

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DPS Ammonite
41 minutes ago, Cherie said:

2.5 ma? Not sure what that means. Can u tell me how you know?

2.5 ma (mega annum) refers to a date (a point in time)  2.5 million years ago from 1950. 

 

As a slight aside, 2.5 myr refers to an elapsed time of 2.5 million years. You can say that a fossil is 2.5 myr old as long as you state what the reference date is such as : the present; 1950; the Common Era etc. 

 

See: https://www.thoughtco.com/how-we-talk-about-geologic-time-3974394 

 

and 

 

25_Stratigraphy.6.100.pdf

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Harry Pristis

 

2.5 Ma. = 2.5 Mega anna or 2.5 million years ago.  Equus sp. dates from Late Pliocene/Early Pleistocene to present.

 

 

 

 

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Mark Kmiecik

Nice find -- congratulations!

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Cherie

Thank you so much for this information!!

 

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Cherie

I have no idea what to do with it. Haha. Paperweight. :)

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grandpa
2 minutes ago, Cherie said:

I have no idea what to do with it

You could always donate it to the "Grandpa" museum of natural history. :D

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Rockwood
5 hours ago, Rockwood said:

Proximal phalanx of a horse looks close.

Well, it was real close to one, once. :)

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DPS Ammonite
1 hour ago, Cherie said:

I have no idea what to do with it. Haha. Paperweight. :)

Give it to a kid that is interested in paleontology. You might kindle in the kid a lifelong interest in the wonderful world of fossils. 

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