I'm quite sure that the "even more strange" specimen is a fragment of a rhino nasal, with bored holes (three smaller ones in a triangle and one larger near the suture) for the fixation of the horns - which is necessary, as the horns have no bony core. So, apparently these finds indicate the waste profile of a game trophy collector - nice piece of actuotaphonomy!
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Unit on Comparative Morphology and Archaeozoology
Department of Pathobiology / Anatomy
University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
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From: Analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of "Christopher M. Götz"
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 3:58 AM
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Subject: [ZOOARCH] need help with a skull and another strange specimen's id
I jsut posted some pictures of a skull (marine mammal?) that was found some years ago on a modern trash-dump. It certainly is not from the area (northern Yucatan), and we didn't find any match near here. Does anyone have a clue what this might be?
Several images can be seen under http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1757
Near the skull, on the same dump, was another specimen, a mammal part I guess, whose pictures are under http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1758
Does anyone recognize that?
Thank you very much in advance,
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