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Deer

Odocoileus virginianus bones

Description:

We found these bones on the trail. Wonder if it was a deer? All the bones were intact,except the skull.

Habitat:

Forest


No species ID suggestions

22 Comments

p.young713
p.young713 5 years ago

Thank you.

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

I sent her the link.we should know soon.

p.young713
p.young713 5 years ago

Ok.

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

Let's wait for a feedback from Emily . I will send her the link.

p.young713
p.young713 5 years ago

I was thinking of deleting this spotting. What do you think?

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

pyoung,here is the link to Emilys mission.
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8475...

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

BTW is that the concern?or are you worried about some predator?

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

There is a mission on identification by Osteology. Emily Marano runs it. She might be able to say if they are human remains.

p.young713
p.young713 5 years ago

We still are not sure about this sighting.I stopped taking the kids out there. Too creepy!

p.young713
p.young713 6 years ago

Thank you, S Frazier!! It looks like the scapula of the deer. There were no cattle out in that area, but there are deer ,bears ,panthers. I really appreciate you looking this up. Thank you!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

I too have been looking at this today. Not having the bones at hand, the scapula (shoulder blade) looks like a deer's (see a partial deer skeleton here http://www.eidnesfurs.com/images/disk1/m... ) so I'm guessing it's probably a white-tailed deer since Florida only has 4 species from the Artiodactyla group (3 deer species and wild boar, not counting domestic cattle; the latter two with more robust scapulae) and two of the deer are introduced but not in the area of the spotting. I have not found a good clear large-size picture of deer scapula except for this http://cyborgsuzystock.deviantart.com/ar... which isn't really a science site, but there must be one out there!

p.young713
p.young713 6 years ago

I do not know, but it scared the heck out of the kids!! Another mystery I will never figure out.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

creepy, yup!How were they so clean cut!

p.young713
p.young713 6 years ago

No, Emma. I cant read that type of Fiction. I have always been a Non fiction reader of technology and dictionary's and science!! Im a real geek!! :)
But upon seeing the bones, I stopped to show the kids the different bones and how they were attached to each other ect, as a science type exhibit. Well then, I noticed the way the bones were cut in the femur bone section, not cut by jags but more of a clean cut!! Sorta creepy, Right? I have other bone pictures I will post, when I get some time off from school. I also have taken photos of bones at the Smithsonian Museum In DC. Anyways, I may not go back there to that area of the woods or if I do I will be well armed. Lol!!

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Did you read the Book Lovely bones? Very well written. It is a part of the 9th grade curriculum here.

p.young713
p.young713 6 years ago

I know right!!

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

I would freeze at the very thought of it!

p.young713
p.young713 6 years ago

A deer? Its looks about 50 to 70 pounds. And at another time I found Florida Panther footprints. We left shortly after that, because we did not to be the next meal for panthers or bears!! Lol

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

What is your best guess?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Hi p.young. I moved this to mammals since "other" is reserved for "other organisms". Cheers

p.young713
p.young713 6 years ago

Thank You! I will take a look.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Wow fascinating! Really difficult to say. If you go the the signs of wildlife mission,there are spottings on deer and coyote. That might help you to get an idea of the animal.
i think it could be a small animal like a bob cat etc.

Bushnell, Florida, USA

Lat: 28.66, Long: -82.11

Spotted on Nov 9, 2011
Submitted on Nov 9, 2011

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