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Spine of mammalian sea creature?

Postby Synapse » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:12 am

Hi Folks,

I came across this today, on the banks of a river close to the ocean, in Tasmania, Australia.
I instantly thought it was the spine of a dolphin (with a rib still attached). However after looking at various pictures of dolphin skeletons it appears that the (blades?) on the vertebrae are a different shape to dolphin vertebrae (The blades are slightly triangular, while the blades on dolphin vertebrae seem a bit more square).

Can anyone identify this for me? Is it actually dolphin?

As you can see there were a couple of extra ribs, and some other bone I'm not sure of that still has a tendon attached.
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Postby Synapse » Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:28 am

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Postby Kristijan » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:58 pm

It's a lower piece of a dolphin spine
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Re: Spine of mammalian sea creature?

Postby Synapse » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:19 am

Thankyou Kristijan, for satisfying my curiosity.

I thouht it might be dolphin spine, just wasn't sure.

Was wondering if this post was ever going to warrant a reply, so for that also, I am grateful.

:D Cheers!
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Re: Spine of mammalian sea creature?

Postby BDDVM » Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:34 pm

Pretty sure that's a neck. That far rt vertebra looks like a Cervical #2 AKA axis. atlas (C1) is missing
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