Fossil Bone (Shoulder?) Caloosahatchee Formation Florida Pliocene/Pleistocene

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    Hi Guys,

    I need your help, I was sifting for Shark teeth on Glades County, FL. And came across this specimen buried in sand/under water. I need first and foremost help on its preservation. Also if you guys could identify it would be great. Looks like a shoulder blade of a quadruped but I’m lost on what exactly it is and how old it might be.

    Thank you,

    Alex

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    More pics. Help.

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    MacKenzie Smith
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    I have a couple of ideas and one I’m leaning more to. Let me check with people who are more knowledgeable than me and get back to you.

    #40844

    Thank you @mackenzie-smith will wait for your response.

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    Sadie Mills
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    @vperez could you take a look at this fossil?

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    Victor Perez
    Keymaster

    I’m thinking maybe deer pelvis. I’m guessing it’s a subfossil and not as old as the shark teeth you were after. As for preservation, it will probably flake as it dries out, so you could use a consolidant to prevent that. At the museum, we use something called B-72. Here’s a page with more info https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/amateur-collector/preparation/

    #40871

    @vperez ice age or recent? Reviewed the bone in detail and it is solid thats why I thought older.  Yes I’ll order butbar.

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    MacKenzie Smith
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    I agree with @vperez that it is probably deer. The obturator foramen is the same shape/proportion. The coloration makes me think Pleistocene and if it’s denser than modern bone that it most likely is Pleistocene.

    #40874

    @mackenzie-smith do you have any idea of possible species? Thanks!

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    MacKenzie Smith
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    @alex-rosas Today the most common species of deer in FL is Odocoileus virginianus but I do not know which species of deer were running around during the Pleistocene.

    #40878

    Thanks @mackenzie-smith and @vperez from all the data I gathered  O. virginianus has not change since the Pleistocene. Can I include the specimen on PaleoPic forum as agreed?

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