posted on Apr, 14 2010 @ 01:22 PM
Between MaxBlack and Sparky63 the evidence points to a honeycombed turtle skull. The first and last links Sparky gave bear a strong resemblance to
the mystery skull. I am uneducated in bone composition, or any kind of skull anatomy, but Max provides a convincing arguement.
The last link Sparky posted is, I feel, the closest match of all of them. However, that is a picture of a Toxochelys, which wikipedia tells me went
extinct after living in the Cretaceous period. Heres the kicker: the fossils of Toxochelys are found primarily in Kansas, and this skull was found
off the coast of Maine. I don't think a very old fossil would wind up on the surface after all this time.
Also try to note it's size. There can't be that many turtles with skulls that big in the world. Lets review the points. If it is a turtle skull,
it must be a sea-going turtle, of substantial size, and must have a habitat that includes Maine's waters. Simple matters of elimination remain.
A part of me says that the museum people who examined this skull would have had the same ideas, but it didn't work out for them. If I only had their
Edit: Surely turtle skulls have been collected from the Ocean floor before. Was this honeycombing/secretion phenomenon ever recorded before by bone
collectors, or marine researchers who have brought turtle skulls up from the seafloor? It must have, or else this case is somehow unique...
[edit on 14-4-2010 by fleetlord]