Friday mystery object #135


This Friday I’ve decided to really challenge your identification skills with a single bone that I found in the Horniman’s collections.

There was no information of any kind with this specimen, although the material it shared a box with was acquired from the King’s College Comparative Zoology collection. That means that it could be from pretty much any animal on the planet. What do you think it is? (N.B. since it is tricky I’ve given you an image from every angle.)

As usual, you can put your questions, comments and suggestions below and I’ll do my best to respond during the day. Good luck (I think you may need it).

23 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #135

    • Yes indeed, it must be a fairly young individual since the proximal epiphysis is completely unfused and the distal is only just starting to fuse.

      Your observations about it are spot-on, it is a radius, but it’s quite similar to the tibia in shape.

  1. My first thought is radius, but it is quite thick compared to its length, so may be built for power rather than speed, I am going to have to wait for some clues from people with more stuff to compare it with.

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