Friday mystery object #58


Alas, my camera died after receiving a bit of a knock, so the mystery object I had planned for this week has been replaced by one of the last specimens I took a photo of:

Any idea what this specimen is, where it lives or what it might eat?

Put your suggestions, observations and questions in the comments section below and I’ll do my best to answer as the day goes on. Good luck!

35 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #58

    • Beaver is another one I considered at first glance, so I see why you’d go with that – but it’s not a beaver.

      Many thanks for the offer of the camera – I may well take you up on that – but only if you’re not using it!

      • you are very welcome. If you need it urgently for the next FMO I’ll drop it off (oops, perhaps not the best phrase under the circumstances) to Mrs V jnr on Wednesday, else you can take it next weekend.

  1. Definitely looks rodenty to me! With a degree of circumspection I am going to search for “beaver” on the internet… that doesn’t look right.

    How about marmot, maybe a younger one?

  2. Hi Paolo- your Mystery Object is just the thing to liven up a dull Friday morning. My first thought was that it was a rodent, and, looking at the scale, something big like a capybara. But rodents don’t have that many incisors, and the back teeth don’t look like they’d come from a Giant Mutant Bunny of DOOM either, so without looking at teh interwebz to help, I’m going to guess. It’s something that converges on the front teeth of rodents, but the back teeth, the snout and the general set of the thing look quite different. I think it’s a marsupial. My first guess is a wombat. My second guess, which is more outrageous, is the extinct marsupial lion Thylacoleo, which had silly buck teeth like that.

  3. I do look forward to Fridays, it’s great for us non-specialists to test the ID process and try resolve it down to the right answer!

    Like jonpaulkaiser, the Macropods are where I went too. Dental formula is right at I-3/1. Skull is about 10cm high, which is quite large. Too large for a wallaby? Too large for the tree-kangaroos too I think…

    But is that question about “What it might eat” some sort of lead into this being seomething with a more unexpected diet? Maybe not.

    Okay, I’m going to go with Macropus rufus simply because it’s the largest, and this seems a fairly hefty skull.

  4. At first glance, I thought lagomorph – there being too many upper incisors for a rodent. But, on second thoughts, there seem to be too many teeth in the upper jaw for that, either. So… to cut a long story short, I rather think it’s a CORRECT ANSWER.

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