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Found this odd bone fragment on Asbury Park Beach in New Jersey last Saturday. The only thing that comes to mind is a fragment of mammoth skull, but that seems like a bit of wishful thinking. Any thoughts?

 

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I had always heard that mammoth had these chambers, but actually I've found most larger mammal skulls have similar chambers only smaller. I would guess that you have a piece of mammal skull, too small to be mammoth.

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Any chance it could be an internal part of an alligator skull?  @Carl

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1 hour ago, JohnJ said:

Any chance it could be an internal part of an alligator skull?  @Carl

Don't think so.The cavities are too large and the bone is all wrong.

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HI Carl... I think mammoth skull frag is a good guess.  They had all sorts of vacuities in the skull.  

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Most mammal skulls have void spaces.  Just having a void doesn't necessarily mean probuscan although that is  a choice.  Please excuse the  poor focus with the coyote skull.

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, fossilus said:

I've not seen this structure in an allligator skull.

 

4 hours ago, Carl said:

Don't think so.The cavities are too large and the bone is all wrong.

 

It was a long shot, but there are some unusual cavities between the roof of the mouth and the top of the skull.

 

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will stevenson

weird guess but could be the bit of a deer skull and antler joins, ? i dont know that ridge just popped into my mind

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My mammoth dreams are fading. Maybe also my Ice Age dreams... Oh well.

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37 minutes ago, JohnJ said:

 

 

It was a long shot, but there are some unusual cavities between the roof of the mouth and the top of the skull.

 

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I think it's too thin to be crocodilian. And it's not very mineralized, which is a strong point against since it's probably quite young. I think NJ's youngest crocodilians were Miocene. Or ones brought in by people...

 

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