Friday mystery object #49


The Natural History Gallery at the Horniman has been undergoing a bit of a spring clean. The lighting in the cases has been upgraded and during the process the cases and specimens have been dusted (very carefully mind). During the process I’ve spotted a few of our display specimens from unusual angles and out of their usual context. Here is an example of a nice one that I thought might make a nice mystery object:

So any ideas what this is?

Put your suggestions and questions in the comments section below and I will do my best to point you in the right direction without giving too much away. Have fun with it!

19 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #49

    • It probably came in to the collection via the suppliers Shluter & Mass of Halle, or Edward Gerrard & Son.

      It’s 20 cm in length (that’s 8 inches for the Americans and my parents…).

  1. Yes, thank you … I didn’t even think it was a skull, I thought it was a hip joint … but having been mentioned I suppose I should have a go …
    If it’s a skull the only vaguely intelligent comment I can think of is that maybe that bit sticking out to the left is not the neck attachment, as I first thought, but the anchor for a large appendix like a trunk or snout. But 8 inches is very small for an elephant, even a baby one. So an anteater or something like that?

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