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A man in northern Sweden recently found a giant vertebra in a lake at 210 meters above sea level. A preliminary statement from the National Museum of Natural History suggests that it may belong to a whale. The find spot hasn’t been near the sea since the end of the latest ice age. I’m looking forward to a radiocarbon date.

Via Aftonbladet.

Update 18 September ’09: Verdict: recent sperm whale.

Comments

  1. #1 E.Morano
    July 21, 2008

    Obviously somebody threw it in there.

  2. #2 Lassi Hippeläinen
    July 21, 2008

    Yea. Either the whole skeleton is there, or the bone was thrown in at a later date, e.g. by a Shaman.

  3. #3 blf
    July 21, 2008

    No wonder the Djurhamn Sword has a few dings on it! Battling that dragon would probably put a few dings into the landscape. I suppose the brave hero (or fiendish thief, dunno which) is lucky his sword was broken in two.

  4. #4 Thinker
    July 21, 2008

    Cue comments about Storsjöodjuret (the Swedish version of “Nessie” of Loch Ness) in 3 … 2… 1 …

  5. #5 Martin R
    July 21, 2008

    Damn! Looks like it’s finally gone extinct after all!

  6. #6 J-Dog
    July 21, 2008

    Damn! That is BIG! Hey! Has anyone seen Grendel recently?

  7. #7 PsyberDave
    July 21, 2008

    What if that isn’t a vertebra? What if it is a STAPES!?!

  8. #8 Martin R
    July 21, 2008

    I’m thinking it might be a red blood cell?

  9. #9 Badger3k
    July 23, 2008

    Looks like a giant can-opener to me :) Or the hat of some bizarre society (loyal order of the narwhal, local 101).

    Actually, 210m above sea level – that thing makes Free Willy look like a piker (“jump over a kid, will you! Watch me!” Maybe it’s the incredible walking whale? Cecil the sea serpent?

    Martin – will you post an update if they find more or identify it? This is cool.

  10. #10 Thomas Xomeritis
    July 26, 2008

    Very interesting. Most probably the bone was brought there. Also, is the location away from the Baltic sea or the Gulf of Bothnia? Was the area flooded by seawater before the rebound, that followed the melt, started?

    Thanks. Looking forward to an update, if that is possible.

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