If only Cephs had Skeletons...

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  1. Snafflehound

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    I'm guessing it is some type of marine mammal since the ribs are so short (they don't curve around toward the ventral side of the animal).
     
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    It has a very slight resemblance to the radula of a gigantic ammonoid... but is probably vertebrate -or- just dumb old bones. 8-)
     
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    I'm voting marine mammal...
     
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    Most likely some poor seal which fell into a crevasse
     
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    It's pretty big for a seal though, the bones are suposed to be sticking out 2.4m above the waterline and yet the head is underwater. Maybe a walrus?
     
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    The head is gone, often when a marine mammal dies, the head detaches from the rest of the body because it is so heavy. I took the 2.4 meters to mean that 2.4 meters was the length of the part of the skeleton that is sticking out of the ice. Either way, 8 feet or so is a pretty big animal.
     

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