Not so shiny, anyone know anything about fossilized bones?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by mfp4073, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    So lets say I came across a 5 gal bucket of what was labeled as fish tank rocks. But recognized as being something different.

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    Not in the greatest of shape. Definitely not taken care of. I found some that were broken and was able to mate them up. A lot of them look like rib bones from the curves. Anyone have any idea what I am looking at as far as species/age/etc? Lets just say that I paid what you should pay for a dirty bucket of fish tank rocks....and I honestly think they were actually in a fish tank at some point.
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  2. MJBADV

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    Call your local university's geology department and ask them if you can bring them in. The paleontologists would be happy to look at them and determine what they came from. Without knowing the rock formation they came out of it may be difficult to determine age especially if the fish/whale species lived for a long time. They may be able to do C14 dating, but may charge you. Fossilized whale bone (what it looks like to me) is actually fairly common so not much value. Maybe you could sell them at gem/rock shows.
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  3. mfp4073

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    A friend of mine said that he used to get stuff like this from one of the springs. Manatee rib bones, from about 10-15k years ago. Pleistocene period. If anyone has any better ideas or info I would appreciate it!
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