paleontology
Fossil bone discovered at Folly Beach

I found this while walking on the beach late at night on 11-04-11. I would like to know what it is. The texture apperas very similar to another fossil pictured on this web site found on a beach in Florida.

Fossil Collector: JonathanC

Location: Folly Beach, South Carolina

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2 Responses to “Folly Beach Fossil Find”

  1. Scott says:

    Your find is definitely a fossil bone fragment, but it may be difficult to determine the type of animal with a fragment like this. Most likely it is from a marine mammal as they are the most common beach find, but we cannot also rule out terrestrial mammals. Not very helpful, I know, but perhaps someone here will recognize it.

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  2. cbk says:

    Given the depositional environment you would probably be safe assuming that it is marine mammal in origin, likely manatee/dugong or whale. I say this because of the marine Miocene and Oligocene deposits nearby. (I live in Charleston and have found many similar pieces)
    Folly is a good place to find stuff after a good storm.

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