Friday, April 15, 2011

Calling All Paleontologists

Melinda, one of the owners of Tradewinds Tackle Shop, sent me an email a few days ago with three photos and this message: "A customer found this jaw bone with teeth and brought it in the shop to ask what it could be.The teeth are the size of my thumbs. Any ideas?"

If you are an expect re. such things (or know someone who is) we would love to know what animal this fossil came from. Please leave a comment.

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  1. Anonymous6:55 AM


  2. Anonymous9:48 AM

    An old pirate named Howard?

  3. Anonymous9:51 AM

    Looks like a fragment of a cetacean--whale or porpoise. Given the weathering on the sample, probably Pliestocene age.
    Sample has jaw hinge-pin and is probably about 1/3 of the jaw length.

    Jim Goodwin

  4. Anonymous9:22 PM

    Big Foot ?

  5. Anonymous1:32 AM

    Goodness where was the fossil discovered? To find three examples in the same place ... was it a museum having a clearance sale??

  6. Anonymous6:38 AM

    Larry, Moe and Curly?

  7. I'm sure those are three photos of the same fossil. It's Larry, Moe, OR Curly.