I'm new to all this but perhaps this community will be able to help me identify something? I found it in Grass Valley, California over the weekend. I found the item on top of a very large stone with several mortars. We were there to scatter my mother's ashes, so the fact that I looked down and found this, is special to me so I'm not interested in selling or money value.
At first I thought it was a bear's claw or a talon. But it's so flat and it looks like it could be made from bone. I did a little research today and discovered that there were several tools made out of bones, but given my cursory search I could not find anything with the rounded curve. So I'm reaching out to the community of experts--I'm interested to know if this is anything and if so, what was it used for? How old is it? If it is an artifact, I believe it was used by the Maidu (based on my research today). Please correct me if I'm wrong.