Friday mystery object #22

It’s a snowy Friday here in London, the Horniman is looking otherworldly – in fact, here’s what it looks like from my office window:

The view from my office

But this brings us no closer to a mystery object. I was thinking of giving you an animal track in the snow, but that would be very limiting, since I only have photos of cat, fox and squirrel – all of which are a bit too easy. Instead I present you with something utterly unfestive, but more of a challenge:

Skull length approx. 30cm (12")

Skull length approx. 30cm (12")

I had to identify this a couple of weeks ago, so it is genuinely a mystery object, although I’m pretty sure I’ve worked out what it is – now it’s your turn!

Answers below in the comments section – I will offer feedback and answer questions where possible. Good luck!

22 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #22

  1. It’s a clock!

    Oh, you mean the skull shaped thing. I did think it was some sort of tusked deer, but they seem to have downward facing tusks. Some sort of wild pig seems possible – are we allowed to see the lower mandible from the side?

  2. Well it looks like it has some pretty forminable jaw muscles judging by that sagittal crest, and other key features seem to be that it is potentially tusked, and has an open ocular orbit.

    May I inquire as to whether this creature still exists, or is extinct. It’s foot would have been useful 😉

  3. Huh, usually snowflakes onna webpage like that annoy the shit out of me. Not this time.

    My first thought also went pig, but thought the skull looked a bit elongate to be a babirusa. However, a quick internet search suggests that in fact the Babirusa skull I’m most familiar with is instead compact.

    So I think Small Casserole has it.

    • Glad the snowflakes pass muster – I don’t normally go in for that sort of thing, but it seems to work OK when most of the background is white and there’s a snowy scene for it to fall across.

      Good work on the id.

    • No, those indents are the supraorbital foramen. The tusks rarely grow back round until they make contact with the actual skull, although they can sometimes touch the skin of the forehead or base of the snout.

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