Yet another mystery chunk

orlistat 120 mg price in india Those who know me understand that I have a habit (obsession) with fossils, especially unusual, unique, or pathologic specimens. I generally won’t pay too much attention to items called “mystery fossil.” Very often, they are just that…random chunks of bone that would be next to impossible to identify down to the genus level, let alone the species level. Occasionally, the seller just has no clue what the item is. Most of the time, they are fossils; sometimes they are just plain rocks that happen to look like fossils.

can buy viagra walgreens One specimen caught my eye a few weeks ago. It was listed as a mystery piece, though it was awfully detailed for that title. At first glance, it was definitely a piece of the lower left jaw of something. The seller said it was her grandfather’s, and she had found it in a box of some of his stuff from the 1960’s. She had no idea where it was from, though she mentioned that her grandfather had traveled extensively in Europe at some point.

I told her that without knowing where/when it was from, it would be really hard to nail down what exactly this thing was. It looked like it was from a predator, probably a cat of some kind, and a large one. It didn’t help that the crowns of the teeth were broken off at some point. She was fine with that…I think she just wanted the piece sold. So, I bought it.

Fast forward about a week, and the jaw chunk arrives in the mail. It’s big, bigger than I expected, and certainly from a predator. It didn’t match up to any of my canine specimens in the slightest. The beardog (Amphicyon) was a somewhat better match in terms of size and shape, but not a whole lot better. I don’t have many bear specimens (a tooth from a cave bear, and a big cat punctured skull of a baby), but the adult tooth was much too big for what would have been in that jaw. That left the large cats. On a hunch, I put it next to the confirmed cave lion specimen. In a happy coincidence, my cave lion specimen is from the front half of a lower jaw. The two pieces matched up eerily well.

So, I think I can definitely say the specimen is from a large cat, something at least comparable in size to the European cave lion. There are several large cats from various times and places in Europe/Asia that fit this bill. It’s odd though…the two halves of the jaw go very well together. I don’t think they are from the same animal, but, well, it is a bit strange.

Mystery solved!

The Curator

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