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The is the breastbone I posted awhile ago but now it has been prepped by Fossil26 (great job!) and maybe can be identified.

So fragile amazing it survived time. So thin you can see through it in places!

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Can you give some overall measurements?

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I'm sure it can be identified, most likely to the species level - lots of unusual characters on the anterior end.

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

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Can you give some overall measurements?

31/2 " long by 1/2" wide..sorry...brain fade! :blush:

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31/2 " long by 1/2" wide..sorry...brain fade!

31/2 " long by 1/2" wide..sorry...brain fade! :blush:

It happens :)

It's also sometimes useful to just throw a ruler in the pic next to the specimen.

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That is tiny!

Here's a great page explaining the different morphologies of the a bird's Keel bone and the purpose of each piece or characteristic. http://www.shearwater.nl/index.php?file=kop125.php

This can give you basic understanding on whether it was a ground bird, raptor, song bird, etc.

Hope this helps. It's quite interesting.

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What i got from that link is that your Sternum looks to be that of a Gull like bird.

I'd like to hear other's opinions on it though.

~Charlie~

"There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why.....i dream of things that never were, and ask why not?" ~RFK
->Get your Mosasaur print
->How to spot a fake Trilobite
->How to identify a CONCRETION from a DINOSAUR EGG

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Great ref. page..thank you! Waiting for more opinions. I usually do the ruler next to item...just got excited and forgot on this one.

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My reference material for seabird sternums is very limited, but I think a search through the Charadriiformes would be where to start.

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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