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Definitely bone! Fossilized?


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Very hard bone--not sure it qualifies as a fossil. Been the ocean a LONG time is my guess. Found on beach in Delaware. 

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Looks modern to me.

If you want to know for sure, you can try the "burn test". Hold a flame aggainst it, and if it smells, smokes, and, or even burns, you can be sure its not a fossil. I cant identify it.

 

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Ok I tried the burn test. The smallest tip did blacken and sort of smelled bad. Not a fossile.  Maybe from a human by the looks of it and size

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Not enough diagnostic features to consider human. At least we know it is not likely a fossil.

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Deer, horse, cow and pig would be my first guesses.

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all rivers flow into the ocean, and then the ocean gives us back some of that detritus.  

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Yes, yes of course. I was just saying that my guess is that more humans have been lost in the ocean especially around here where there are over 300 shipwrecks just off the coast of lower Delaware since 1600s. 

It's just fun investigating, I'm not pursuing DNA for a murder victim on Dateline 

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13 minutes ago, JIMMFinsman said:

It did come out of the ocean so....

Then deer, horse, cow and pig would be just as likely as your guess of human.  :heartylaugh:

 

Edit: we posted at the same time :Wink1:

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Believe you'd be wrong there. Cattle weren't native to North America until 1500s. Pigs came over at the same time. Wild boar weren't introduced until 1890.  Etc...  i

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Chunk o bone. Can't really ID it as anything since it DID come from ocean and concurrence seems to be not a fossil. Since it can't really be dated, any guess is just as likely as any other guess.

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8 minutes ago, JIMMFinsman said:

Believe you'd be wrong there. Cattle weren't native to North America until 1500s. Pigs came over at the same time. Wild boar weren't introduced until 1890.  Etc...  i

I meant that none of them are from the ocean. Nevermind...a joke isn't funny if you have to explain it. 

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That was a terrible joke to claim as your own. Check this find out

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Or the patella from an arthritic seaman. 

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No joke. I think the texture is pretty close. And the shape, maybe? 

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11 hours ago, JIMMFinsman said:

Believe you'd be wrong there. Cattle weren't native to North America until 1500s. Pigs came over at the same time. Wild boar weren't introduced until 1890.  Etc...  i


It seems you believe this bone to be hundreds of years old and therefore couldn’t possibly be a cow, pig, etc. 

 

What makes you think it is hundreds of years old? Without some sort of evidence to the contrary, I think it just as likely to be a year, or 10, or 50.   :shrug:
 

I agree with most of the others. It’s a chunk of unidentifiable bone. Could it be human? Possibly, but I think it is too eroded and weathered to say with any certainty, and it is far more likely to be some sort of common animal from the area.

 

Heck, it’s just as possible to be a bone from last Sunday’s pork shoulder dinner at grandma’s house. Well, maybe a few Sunday’s ago given the state of it. ;) 

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Lol I have no expectations of this being human. Interesting nonetheless 

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Not joking, human patellae are neither that round nor that concave.

Erosion can of course do all kinds of things, but here we meet Occam again...

I agree with eroded geode.

i also agree that there are regions where human bones are not that unlikely, we are much more common now than any big Animal in the wild. That does not take into account the huge numbers of lifestock though.

The first item is quite broken for an ID, I think a fragment of  a thick long bone is most probable looking at the orientation of the remnant spongiosa. Not human then, I think.

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18 hours ago, jpc said:

all rivers flow into the ocean, and then the ocean gives us back some of that detritus.  

 

Not all rivers flow into an ocean or sea. Most do. A few don't. Google it. It's fascinating.

 

 

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Fossil hunting is easy -- they don't run away when you shoot at them!

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1 hour ago, Mark Kmiecik said:

 

Not all rivers flow into an ocean or sea. Most do. A few don't. Google it. It's fascinating.

Indeed, you got me on that.  No need to google it.... I actually do a lot of my collecting in and around of The Great Divide Basin in southwestern Wyoming.  When I get rained on, that water will never reach the ocean.  Speaking rain in the GDB, I had planned to go out collecting this weekend, but there was too much rain forecasted.

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45 minutes ago, jpc said:

that water will never reach the ocean.

Sure it will. Never is a long time. :)

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