looks like it could be a scapula (shoulder blade) of something..
and I dont think its a fossil..its a bone of recent origin.
how big is it?
I'm not a fossil expert, but I'm with Scot, I don't think it's a fossil, but a more modern bone. I'd also be curious about size, and what beach it was found. I'm wondering if it isn't a marine mammal--a whale fin? Interesting mystery! Mike
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it's not a fossil fo sho. I was thinking a brown pelican scapula or some other big bird shoulder-ish thing.
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Oh wait maybe it wasn't a fossil (oops). Either way it's still unknown what it is. It's not a complete piece so it's like 6in across and it was found on the beach in Long BEach CA.
Fins are made of cartilage.
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It looks like a fossil scapula of an African paleoswallow. Did you happen to notice a fossil coconut anywhere nearby?
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A swallow carrying a coconut?
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hmmm.... well it has me stumped. here's my thinking:
- it definitely resembles a piece of a scapula, but....
- according to my anatomy book (which i'll grant is not the best one out there), birds actually have very reduced scapulae that look more like long bones than flat bones
- it could be a bird sternum, which are wide and flat, but that wouldn't explain the different appearance of the front and back- that indicates that it IS a scapula or some other flat bone, since the sternum is bilaterally symmetrical
- here's the big kicker- most mammalian scapulae that i know of/can find online have 1 spine (ridge)- this one appears to have two
so.... it's either not a scapula and is some other flat bone, or it's a scapula from a species that i'm not familiar with. i'm not an expert but that's the best i can do based on my current anatomy knowledge - i'll get back to you after Block I of vet school- anatomy til you drop
since you're in california though, these people might be able to help you if you felt like taking a drive: http://www.boneroom.com
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