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Hello, fellow Fossil Forum members. Last summer I found this bone fragment in Crystal Beach, Bolivar Peninsula, Texas. The fossils from the upper Texas coast are from the very late Pleistocene Beaumont formation. At first, I didn’t think anything of it, other than it just being a bone fragment. But now I’m thinking it might be a very worn down claw core from some animal. But I’m not sure, it could just be a plain old bone fragment. So let me know your thoughts on this specimen. 

Front view- Specimen measures 30 mm (1.2 inches) long

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side view

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back view- showing different coloration on the interior

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another side view

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The bottom view- it has a black coloration. The bone fragments from this formation are often multicolored.

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Thecosmilia Trichitoma

It looks like a piece of worn bone IMHO. The shape looks too uneven to be a claw core.

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2 minutes ago, Thecosmilia Trichitoma said:

It looks like a piece of worn bone IMHO. The shape looks too uneven to be a claw core.


Thanks for your quick reply. I agree, it does look very uneven. But it could also be very worn down. I think there’s still a small possibility of it being a claw.

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Looks to me to be the end of an antler tine.

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3 minutes ago, caldigger said:

Looks to me to be the end of an antler tine.


That could be possible

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