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Koss1959

You may want to Google images of: 'cannon bone' for various herbivore species. 

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Koss1959
Found on Lyme beach today. Anyone got any ideas of the bone? It's heavier than what I'd expect a recent bone to be. It could be recent, although as Paddy suggested when I showed it to him, it could be Pliestocien. I'm going to send an email to a few guys at the Natural History Museum and see what they say.

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Looks like a Bison metacarpal???????? so an animal similar to that in the Pleistocene epoch in UK if possible.

Have a look at google images.

and check out: apps.ohiohistory.org/naturalhistory/category/mammals/

about 3/4 down on the page, to compare images.

Don't rib me too much if I am way out with my theory.

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Koss1959
Thanks! Is there anyway to determine whether it is recent or pleistocene? My knowledge is based on jurassic ammonites and marine reptiles and my knowledge isn't that extensive on a good day, so I'm well out my depth with mammals.
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sd41
Hi Koss1959

I may be totally wrong here, all I did was search for images and made a comparison to the closest looking bone. I may be totally wrong. Hopefully others will comment also on your pics. Again I'm definitely not an expert, but IMO I would say there is date to it, possibly Pleistocene because of the deep colouring, recent bones would be a lot lighter/white ish. 

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acutipuerilis

I agree on the age and colour - bones are almost invariably Pleistocene when they look like this. It also definitely appears to be a herbivore metacarpal, but I'd go for red deer - somewhat longer and narrower than bison.
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Koss1959
From the research I've done (remember I know nothing of pleistocene fossils or mammals) it seem to be quite similar to a deer metapodial. I found it loose on the shingle on the beach. There was an old victorian dump that has come down with the cliff falls, so there's a possibility it came down with that from an old slaughter house. But, the colour and density seems pretty consistent with pleistocene remains.
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Welsh Wizard
Hi

I read somewhere that you do find ice age bones such as bison along that stretch of coast. They are pretty rare but some have been found around Charmouth and there may even have been some on display in the heritage centre once.

Regards

Nick
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sd41
I'm glad you mentioned that Welsh Wizard, because I still think the specimen looks more Bovine.????

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Koss1959
I've looked up bovine cannon bones but they look a lot more robust. My one seems a lot more slender. The river Char has produced several pleistocene remains, a mammoth tusk was found and displayed or sold in the fossil shop underneath the htc.
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