How many bathrooms have Neanderthals in the tile?
April 17, 2024 10:59 AM   Subscribe


I mean, that's cool but I sure as he'll wouldn't want a visible mandible there in the floor to have to look at when I'm sitting on the john. That tile was handled multiple times by folks before getting set in the floor. How did nobody notice and pull it earlier? I mean I get it, I'm weird: I was waiting for a plane this morning and getting all hot and bothered by the mismatched grain of the ash parquet at my gate. But a human jaw?
posted by St. Oops at 12:20 PM on April 17 [10 favorites]

The DM is just using the deluxe random treasure table.
posted by JHarris at 12:24 PM on April 17 [7 favorites]

Yeah, I'm deeply surprised that one of the workers laying the tile didn't put it aside, either because it was cool and they wanted to keep it for themselves or because they didn't want complaints from the owner. Apparently fossils are quite common in travertine, though, so maybe they were just blasé. Though usually the fossils are less interesting than a hominid mandible.
posted by tavella at 12:49 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]

Dietrich Mania is a terrific name.
posted by doctornemo at 1:39 PM on April 17

One of the comments said it might be 200,000 old; that really blew my mind, I wouldn’t mind my jaw being part of someone’s bathroom tile 200,000 years from now.
posted by catcafe at 1:50 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]

At least one too many
posted by BWA at 4:40 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]

I wonder where his middle finger is?
posted by waving at 6:09 PM on April 17 [3 favorites]

I don't know. I can imagine someone casually glancing at the rock and missing it. I don't know if I would have clocked that as a jaw without someone drawing my attention to it.
posted by brundlefly at 5:13 PM on April 18

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