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Hi to everybody,

Yesterday I was on the field and I found this crushed bone found in spanish Pliocene sediments. Any guesses?

Thanks in advance!


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If it's a cetacean, it could be a species of Balaenoptera. The other cetacean I could find was Astadelphis (spelling?), and that looks too small. I'll poke around the literature.


This paper http://www.raco.cat/index.php/GeologicaActa/article/viewFile/140188/191367 has a little good information on the current state of knowledge for whales of the Spanish Pliocene. It seems like they're well known, but not well studied.

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Aside from it being definitely bone, I can't make out anything to even suggest what element or taxon it might be.

The plural of "anecdote" is not "evidence".

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There's nothing there to identify it even to cetacean - however, its size does suggest it could be a small piece of a very large whale. That being said, there's no way to justify any identification... a mysticete is plausible, but in no way ever could this be a delphinid like Astadelphis. Bobby

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