posted on Oct, 16 2003 @ 10:15 PM
If it was a fetis of any primate, the original bone material would be of cartilage and not of ossified bone with calcium and phosphorous deposits. A
simple calcium test would show if it was in the fetal stage of development. Another possibility of a known source would be a baby of a lemur of some 2
years old after the bone mass is replaced by adult bone material. The size would be such that a lemur, the worlds smallest primate, would be the best
possibility. It all depends on if they find calcium significant calcium or not.
Plus, cartilage is stretchy and strong, but not anything like bone. It will not survive long enough for mineral leaching and preservation for long
periods of time.
To determine if it is in a growth period, you would look for growth plates of cartilage where cartilage is formed and then ossified. This causes bones
to grow. In an adult(as in fully grown!), you will not find large localized deposits of cartilage.
And of course scientists would do a few of the various types radioactive decay dating. Radioactive dating would determine when this creature lived.
The absense of calcium and a radioactive dating of more then 100 years would be an anomaly. The absense of growth plates would be wierd. These two put
together would need some explaining to say the least.