Friday mystery object #195

Today I have a real challenge for you. This bone has a pathology that has significantly changed its appearance and it had no information associated when I found it. So far the best identification I have is very tenuous, so I thought it would be worth seeing if you had any ideas about what it came from:


Feel free to put your thoughts, observations and suggestions below. No need for cryptic clues today I think – this specimen is cryptic enough!

10 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #195

  1. matches my sheep bones for size. Interesting that it wasn’t predated while injured and survived successfully long enough for all that bone growth, so I’m thinking that it did not need to do a lot of running away or climbing or was protected by it’s family.

    • Interesting – the articulations don’t seem right for a sheep though and the tuberosity around the midshaft doesn’t seem usual for a sheep, although I suppose it might possibly be related to the pathology.

      • I found a picture of an alligator humerus, it has similarities and being in water would be easier than walking on land with a damaged leg

  2. Red deer humerus broken at the elbow ? Looks juvenile but I have an adult which had a poor diet and the growth plate edges are still visible although the tops and bottoms fused ?

  3. It has a supracondylar foramen, which occurs in felids and mustelids. It looks natural and not like it’s a bone growth that was caused by the fracture. The edges of the trochlea are much sharper on my cat and badger humerii, but perhaps the “roundedness” could be affected by the fracture?

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