The Arizona skeleton
I asked on Twitter and Paolo ( a museum curator at the Horniman museum in London, and the scientific expert on my book) thought it could be from a catfish - an animal which, like most fish, I know almost nothing about. Thanks Paolo - and to Ben Garrod and Christian Baars who helped as well !
The Lighthouse Point bone
Apart from that,I was clueless. So, I asked on Twitter and someone recognised it:
@jakesbones This is part of a sea turtle carapace. The central bit is the attachment to the cervical vertebrae
— leatherbacks (@leatherbacks) February 14, 2015
The carapace is the turtles shell. I think the curve at the top is where the neck comes out.
Far from the sea.
I could recognise the type of bone straight away - it was a scapula, and I'd written a blog post comparing scapulas before.
I also knew I'd seen it somewhere before. The shape of scapulas show how an animal uses its front limbs, which is why sheep, deer and cows all have similar shaped (V-shaped) scapulas. This one looked most like a seal, because the horizontal ridge was almost missing, which made me think of seals initially. But I checked and it didn't seem to be quite like a seal, so I thought of similar animals. I knew it wasn't a harbour porpoise, but when I looked up dolphin, it looked like a good match.
But there was one problem: it was found inland ! That's when I went to Twitter to double-check.
Asked to ID this.... looked like dolphin to me...but was found in Delaware, 90mins from the sea ! Am I wrong ? pic.twitter.com/Gg9KuxdTGU
— Jake (@jakesbones) February 4, 2015
@jakesbones theresa lake in the park and water tributaries to the Delaware river which leads to the sea probs got lost and swan inland
— Emma Woodhouse (@emma1chicken1) February 4, 2015
Like a fallow deer but not
@jakesbones @Ben_garrod definitely marine turtle plastron. Not sure which species yet, but not Green Turtle.
— Paolo Viscardi (@PaoloViscardi) January 15, 2015
So thanks to Paolo, as well as Ben Garrod and Cath Cooper who spotted what it was. Oddly, it was something which I had seen before at the Bell Pettigrew Museum in St Andrews:
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