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    • #17490
      tlongren
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      Hi,

      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:

      Bone

      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.

      Thanks!!

    • #114232
      animartco
      Participant

      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.

    • #114235
      tlongren
      Participant

      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.

    • #114239
      animartco
      Participant

      Good Luck. Hope it’s a fossil.

    • #114244
      tlongren
      Participant

      Kinda what I’m hoping, too! Will take some more photos with a yard or meter stick tonight and upload for ya. 🙂

    • #114299
      tlongren
      Participant

      Here’s what Matthew G Hill from the Archaeology department at Iowa State University said:

      quote :

      Nice specimen. It’s an axis vertebra (that is, the second cervical) from a bison.
    • #114300
      tlongren
      Participant

      Mods can close this thread if they wish.

    • #114319
      animartco
      Participant

      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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