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Sean Moran

Hi Lee! @lcone

Looks like a left, camelid astragalus to me. I’ll talk to Aldo, our resident artiodactyl expert, to see if he can narrow it down any further, but I think you’re definitely on the right track.

One easily way to compare different astragali is to go to our database website ( and:

  1. Check “Only Results with Images” at the top of the page
  2. Enter Artiodactyla in the Order field (or Mammalia within the Class  field for a broader search)
  3. Enter astragalus in the Nature of Specimen field and select “contains” in the drop down menu

That should bring up all the images we have of a given specimen in our collections, with information on taxonomy and skeletal element.