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Found a really old bone while hiking

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  1. sobi1998

    sobi1998 Active Member

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    I was hiking this weekend in a certain canyon north of Lubbock. I made my way to a cliff slide that had a rock slide area where water looks to have run off in the past. I found this bone half buried in the dirt about 5-10 yards from the cliffs edge. There was about a 50-60 ft drop off of the cliff. It appears pretty old. It was a secluded spot that would be impossible for horse or cattle to reach IMO. Any ideas on the specimen or how old?
    (I guess it would be possible that a wolf/coyote dropped it there but who knows)
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    It’s about 3-4” in length and 2-2.5” in width and thickness
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  2. grasshopperglock

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    It's a chunk of a cow or horse humerus bone and most of it is missing.

    If it's not turning to stone. It isn't old. The entire bone was probably gnawed on and what you have in the picture is what's left.
     
  3. SloppyShooter

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    Wild guess....shoulder?

    Your gonna REALLY have to boil that sucker to make soup!!! JK. Is it bone or rock? I got a really wierd fossilized what I think is a tooth.

    Oh...wait, now I know. ...gonna have to have a talk with Vinny!!!
     
  4. texasnurse

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    You should probably keep you pants zipped while hiking...


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  5. Davetex

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    That's my knee.
     
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  6. vmax

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    Just a suggestion, when you are photographic evidence something like this have a ruler beside the bone for reference in the photo
     
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  7. sobi1998

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    Last picture measured about 3.125”



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  8. Ole Cowboy

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    Looks like an old femur knuckle bone from a smaller cow, the knee cap is missing and was prob gnawed and mostly eaten. Looking at your first 2 fotos that is the matrix that contains bone marrow, fats and oils. to provide the lube for the knuckle joint. The femur bone about 1/2 the size or about 1 1/2 in in diameter roughly as the cows gains weight the knuckle will continue to grow as will the femur. The femur if you cut it cross ways you will see the bone density is extremely dense making for a very strong bone with great vertical strength. The knuckle has to be so large to support with only a bone matrix which is not dense at all.
     
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  9. sobi1998

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    I stumbled upon a video that randomly identified the bone. I’m certain that it’s an Astragalus bone from either a horse or cow sized animal. In other words it’s a knuckle bone
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  10. sidebite252

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    So I run across these several years back when Texoma got real low. Wish I knew what they were.
     


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