This Friday I have another piece of bone from an unexpected crate of bits that I found in the stores. Any idea what this might be?
As usual you can put your comments below and I’ll do my best to respond. Happy identifying!
I did a post on *c*p*l* shapes ! This one is like *e*r or *h*e* but it’s so big I think it must be **w.
I think so, too. Left side
Phew. At least it looks as though I got the bone right. Why **w and not, say, *o*s*?
Because the spina (= the ridge on the bone) goes straight up when it starts. On *o*s* it goes up “slowly”. If you image google you can (hopefully) see what I mean.
I think the horse scapula is a bit less strongly triangular than this and doesn’t have such a hooked acromion
I vote for sc****a and h*****s from a b*v*d or c*rv*d. Seems too small for a modern **w and a bit too large for *h*e*. Seeing as the Horniman gets its bones from all over the world, I wouldn’t want to specify without a good reference collection.
S*a*u*l* of a B. pr***g***nus?
I’m not sure how to read the measuring device, but I’m pretty sure the scapulae are that of a cervid. The humeral head isn’t right for a black-tailed deer (I’m in California, so my knowledge of European species is nil). When I found this site I was (and am) so excited to find others that like to identify things like what you have. This is SO fun.
Glad you like it Jeanie! The thick grey sections of the scale bar are 5cm, so the scapula is pretty big.
maybe to much imagination, i think its scapula from marina mammals? hehehe