After Sheila's e-mail I checked the pictures with various ex-pet hamsters I have in my collection and it does compare well. The Syrian Hamster bones I have are 26.3mm in length. If it would help you I could scan in the hamster ulna I have with a scale and send that to you.
Best wishes, Julie
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From: Analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites
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Sent: 31 March 2005 21:03
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Subject: Re: [ZOOARCH] mystery bone
Hi again! sorry didnt look at the size! the only thing I have that has that
same bent shape with the broad mid-shaft and groove is golden hamster, as
this is 27mm GL and the common hamster Cricetus is much bigger, I think you
should try this? I'm afraid I don't have one to check.
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From: "Olga Krylovich" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 4:03 PM
Subject: [ZOOARCH] mystery bone
> Hello, dear colleagues!
> During the course of my work on the Middle Age faunal remains from Suzdal
> region (300 km to the east of Moscow, Russia) I found two unidentified
> ulna fragments. All attempts to determine them did not succeed. Photos of
> the two bones can be viewed in the link below. Any ideas will be very much
> Many thanks,
> Olga Krylovich,
> Group of Historical Ecology
> A. N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution
> Moscow, Russia
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