Fossils of H. gigas  (outside Kommandor Islands)
Town Museum Specimen Origin Source
Seattle Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. UWBM61309:
right rib from posterior part of thorax (identified by D. Domning).
Locality: collected on 27 June 1998 at Dark Cove, Kiska Island, Western Aleuts, by Jim Thomason, donated to the Burke Museum in 1999. It was found on a rocky intertidal area below a bluff that was being eroded. Radio carbon dating determined it to be approximately 1040 years old (± 40 years).
Probably sluffed away from an Aleut midden.
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Jim Thomason
Washington Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History USNM 170761: (immature) left mandible and part of right, vertebrae C5-7, T1, half chevron bone, rib fragments, left scapula, part of right and left humeri, both radius-ulnae.
USNM 181752: (adult) Rib.
USNM 186807 (juvenile) Right humerus
Locality: South Bight, Amchitka Island, Aleutian Islands,
Interglacial beach deposit.
Age: 127,000 ± 8000 years.
F.C. Whitmore (1977),
D. Domning (1978)
USNM 23211: (?adult) Fragment of skull lacking rostrum, occiput, and zygomatic processes. Aug 1960
Locality: Monterey Bay, dredged from bottom.
Age of 18,940 ± 1100 years.
St. Petersburg
  a rib A rib from Attu in the westernmost Aleutians, collected by Wosnessenski circa 1842 and reported by Brandt. Its age, of course, is unknown. Brandt suggested that it may have come from a drifted carcass; alternatively a live animal could have strayed from the Komandorskies. D. Domning (1978)
The present whereabouts of this specimen is unknown.   unspecified Stejneger (1883: 84) quoted reports of natives that bones, presumably of sea cows, occurred on Semitkhi (Semichi) and Agattu Islands (near Attu in the westernmost Aleutians). This is reasonable in view of Brandt's report (quoted above).
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