Stingray Skeleton?

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Does anybody know if this is a piece of a ray skeleton? I found it on Leadbetter Beach. Thanks.

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SBLoc1960 Jul 16, 2021 11:49 AM
Stingray Skeleton?

Stingrays don't have bones, they have cartilage. This looks like an avian skull cap...

Wonder if it was in a tidepool and someone started trying to hold it...

forrealnews Jul 16, 2021 11:58 AM
Stingray Skeleton?

unlikely, see here https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/welcome-to-the-bone-room/

Basicinfo805 Jul 16, 2021 12:10 PM
Stingray Skeleton?

I believe this is a sternum. Of what animal, I don’t know.

a-1626462901 Jul 16, 2021 12:15 PM
Stingray Skeleton?

Looks like a tiny fossilized flying squirrel!

Minibeast Jul 16, 2021 04:33 PM
Stingray Skeleton?

Breastbone of some species of sea bird.

a-1626493484 Jul 16, 2021 08:44 PM
Stingray Skeleton?

That long ridge is the attachment point for the flight muscles.

a-1626496087 Jul 16, 2021 09:28 PM
Stingray Skeleton?

Sterna on seagulls are a little more elaborate, but it is most likely from some kind of shore bird.

MarcelK Jul 17, 2021 09:08 AM
Stingray Skeleton?

The fact that a bone vaguely resembles some animal is not a good reason to think that it's the skeleton of that animal, any more than to suppose that a cloud that resembles a dog actually is a dog. For what a stingray skeleton actually looks like, see https://www.google.com/search?q=stingray+skeleton&tbm=isch

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