The mystery object I showed you on Friday was this:
The correct answer was in fact the hedgehog.
I was a bit surprised when the poll showed the following distribution of answers:
So many of you got it wrong that I feel a blog coming on about how to identify a skull – a grey squirrel (or any other rodent) for example would have a huge gap between the front teeth (incisors) and the teeth in its cheek (molars). However, the hedgehog is a tricky one, so kudos to all for trying!
There are several indicators (beside the size) that give this away, as shown on the image below.
So congratulations to those who got it and for those who didn’t I suggest taking a look at Will’s Skull Page, which is an excellent resource for identifying skulls.
Given the popularity of this Friday Mystery Object I think I may continue along a similar theme this Friday – unless you’d prefer something different – let me know in the comments below!