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What vertebra is this (OBX NC)


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Fossil_teenager

Can I have some help on this? I have no idea what species it’s from and it’s driving me crazy. Any tips would be appreciated.

Found in Duck, North Carolina.  (OBX NC = Outer Banks, North Carolina.) 

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Just an impression, reminds me of giant sloth tail vertebra.

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Since this is an international forum, members might not know the location abbreviated in your title.  ;)

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9 minutes ago, Fossil_teenager said:

Should I change the title?

It is always good to have the location in the initial post.  You could add it with an edit.  :)

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yardrockpaleo

Is it completely fossilized? It looks relatively modern from this light. I would recommend the burn test, or whatever this post has to offer: 

 

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val horn

? Cervical vertebra. ?  seeing  the very large foramen

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size please unless I just missed it given elsewhere

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Fossil_teenager

The size is around two inches wide. I don’t want to potentially damage the specimen by burning it but it does make a ceramic sound when tapping it on a hard surface.

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47 minutes ago, Fossil_teenager said:

The size is around two inches wide. I don’t want to potentially damage the specimen by burning it but it does make a ceramic sound when tapping it on a hard surface.

That suggests at least partial mineralization.  The Yorktown Fm subcrops at shallow depths in the region, and it is pretty common to find reworked material.  Could also be Pleistocene.  The most common beach finds on the OBX I found to be cetacean and sirenian.   I'm thinking manatee.  See photo of a manatee vertebral column below

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I think deer is a possibility.
 

 

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Fossil_teenager

I think It’s deer guys! Thanks a lot I’ve been wondering what it was for the longest time.

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Fossil_teenager

I just did the burn test and no smell. I held it on for a prolonged time and nothing, so it’s definitely not modern.

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