For the Deer Scapula Hoe, I first referred to some information online to determine the correct size of this bone. They appear to be an average length of 7″ to 9″. Between the reference supplied by the research team and a few images found online I thought I had enough examples to see the variety of shapes and sizes of the average bone and the slight differences in their form.
Modelling a bone like this in Maya was an interesting process as I tried to maintain clean geometry into a more organic form. The next step was bringing the model into ZBrush where I could add some of the textures one might expect to find on an animal bone used for tiling.