- August 19, 2013 at 12:57 am #17490
I came across this vertebrae today while walking in the South Skunk river in central Iowa. It was pretty much covered in sand, but the water is really low right now. 2 inches in some places. Average depth is probably about 1 foot right now.
Anyway, one photo is attached. The rest can be seen in this imgur album:
First thing I noticed was it’s weight. It’s really heavy, even after drying out. It almost looks like it’s starting to petrify in places. I’m sorry if the images aren’t very good as I haven’t been able to look at them very well yet. If you’d like higher quality photos just let me know and I’ll get some proper ones.
- August 23, 2013 at 10:55 am #114232
I wish people would use rulers to indicate size. I don’t know what that blue thing is. The bone looks like half a hip to me.
To get an idea of weight, do a displacement test, ( get a measuring jug and find a stone that raises the water to the same level as the bone) with the bone and a stone and then weigh them. If the weight is more or less the same it’s a fossil.
- August 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm #114235
I’ll get more photos with a ruler for comparison tonight.
Will also weigh it alone and do a displacement test. Will report back.
Thank you for the suggestions, animartco.
Oh, the blue thing is a standard size BIC lighter.
- August 24, 2013 at 11:59 am #114239
Good Luck. Hope it’s a fossil.
- August 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm #114244
Kinda what I’m hoping, too! Will take some more photos with a yard or meter stick tonight and upload for ya. 🙂
- September 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm #114299
Here’s what Matthew G Hill from the Archaeology department at Iowa State University said:quote :
- September 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm #114300
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- September 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm #114319
Whoops so it was a vertibra. Do they still have bison in Iowa? It could still be a fossil…just. Unusual bone anyway!
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