I am a medical doctor who in his spare time collects Pleistocene fossils from the North Sea shore. Recently I found a small bone on the shore after sand suppletion from the deep North Sea floor, dated 120.000 to 140.000 years ago. It is a small vertebra, but I don't know from which animal. I considered a beaver or a young animal (boar?) Do you have any idea?

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Dear Mark,

the loss of the processes makes it hard to tell from a photo. You may have a better chance of getting an identification if you can take the specimen to a local museum.

Sorry about that!