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|Quote (Ichthyic @ May 29 2007,20:11)|
|all I'm sure about is that it ain't from a fish.|
definetely a large mammal of some kind.
yeah, real helpful, I know.
looks too big for a pinniped.
the dorsal looks like an .... angel.
don't show it to a creationist; they might claim it as a holy relic.
hmm. no vertical dorsal projections. that might narrow it down some.
here, for a comparison, is the vertebra from a humpback whale:
note the very large vertical protrusion (forget what it's called now).
maybe what you have there is a neck vertebra?
look at this picture of a horse skeleton:
note the vertical protrusions on all vertebrae but the neck.
Actually, knowing that it didn't come from a fish is quite helpful. That really does narrow it down quite a bit. I'll concentrate on other things.
So far as I can find on teh interwebs, it's also not a whale or dolphin. The "angel wings", the protrusions on the sides have a very definite curve to them that I haven't seen in any images of marine mammals. I've been searching equine vertebrae images, as there is a population of feral horses on the islands around Cape Lookout, which is just offshore here.
I'm having a spot of trouble finding some good close-ups, however. Mostly I'm finding logos for "horse chiropractors".
I think I'm going to make a rule where no one is allowed to use the interwebs anymore for junk I'm not looking for. It's damned hard to sift through all the crap to find what I want, and it's getting annoying.
As for the lack of dorsal projections, beings that I ain't a biologisticalist, I haven't ruled out anything based on that, because I'm not for sure that such a projection hasn't just been lost in oceanic meanderings. Doesn't seem like it could have been meandering too long though, given that the curly "angel wings" are still there. Seems like an extended bounce-around in the water would have busted them off.
“Why do creationists have such a hard time with commas?
Linky“. ~ Steve Story, Legend