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My daughter found this vertebra on the beach today while we were looking for shark teeth (at Mikler Beach, just north of St Augustine).

Any ideas on a more specific attribution? Thanks!

 

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Hello,

Wondrering about your find I just found a very informative page about vertebrae, answering some questions I have asked myself for some time:

https://inside.ucumberlands.edu/academics/biology/faculty/kuss/courses/vertbraeribssternum/amphicoelousETC.htm

 

According to this, the concavity at the front end (assuming the broader end is front?) would make this a procoelous vertebra and thus most probably a reptiles.

I think there are many exceptions to these correlations though, as the vertebraes shape is determined by function as much as relation.

Best Regards,

J

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2 hours ago, Al Dente said:

Gar have similar vertebrae.

 

4 hours ago, holdinghistory said:

Any ideas on a more specific attribution? Thanks!

We just recently had a discussion about a possible Gar fish vert ... I think Al Dente is right. It looks like a possible candidate for a Gar fish.  

 

 

 

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