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Help identify Vertebrae

Postby khyberpass » Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:18 pm

Hello.
I was walking near my neighbour's place where his basement was being dug and I found a couple of vertebrae from about 8-9 feet underground. In Peshawar, Pakistan.

Could somebody tell me what animal is this. It seems to have 3 canals on one end and its really long, about 2.5 - 3 inches. I have never come across anything like this before. Is it some common animal bone or rare/ extinct? If somebody count point me in the right direction I will be very grateful indeed. Thanks. <alijan98@hotmail.com>
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Postby Darby » Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:32 am

I suspect it's a molar of some sort. The top picture looks like chewing surface and the other is root. Maybe.
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Postby khyberpass » Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:23 pm

Darby, I think you are right! I had never thought of that. It certainly appears to be an animal molar. Could somebody help me identify the specie please? Thanks![/b]
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Postby Skeletor Rinpoche » Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:11 pm

It may be a molar, but at first glance (especially the last picture) it looks to me like cervical verterbrae
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Postby Dr.Stein » Sat Oct 14, 2006 3:38 am

It's molar. First pic shows grids, which is typical herbivorous' molar. Second pic is clueless. Third pic shows molar's root 8)
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Postby Condraz23 » Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:23 am

It looks like a molar too. It may be from a herbivore. I've seen sloths and elephants with similar molars. But I'm not a zoologist.
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Postby khyberpass » Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:09 am

Yeah thanks. The Carnegie Museum has now also confirmed it's a molar from a herbivorous animal. But they are not sure about the species because of the unusually long length.

Horse/Elephant/Giraffe!?!?!
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Postby Dr.Stein » Sat Oct 28, 2006 12:31 pm

You should do a comparative observation :)
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