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Mystery bone (not a skull after all!)

Observed: 7th December 2011 By: dshubble
Leaf Beetle Recording SchemeSouthampton Natural History Society
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Description:

Bone washed up on the Isle of Wight. About 9cm long. Looked like a fish-skull of some sort, but I had no idea what - see below for what it actually is.

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Sam Griffin's picture

The correct name for this

The correct name for this bone is synsacrum. It is essentially the fused pelvis and lower vertebrea.

Syrphus's picture

If you search the site for

If you search the site for 'synsacrum' you will get some useful comments on this bone, which generates more puzzlement than almost anything else. The turkey is not far away, so on Boxing Day you will find the same bone where the legs join into the backbone.

M.

TRY

recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.

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Bird pelvis

Thanks for the info - most of the beasts I deal with have their skeletons on the outside :)

Dave