Here’s an object I’ve been thinking about using for ages, but I’d forgotten I had a photo of it – even though it’s one of my favourite oddities from the collection:
Any idea what this weird skull might belong to?
As usual, questions, comments and suggestions below and I’ll do my best to provide answers and (not too obvious) clues. Good luck!
Hi Paolo – it’s a CORRECT ANSWER. The comb-like teeth are a giveaway (he said rashly without looking anything up)
Speedily done sir!
Wow! He shoots! He scores! Dead cool skull, though. Can I come down to the Horniman someday? You can show me your collection and I can buy lunch.
Sounds good (although there isn’t really anywhere to buy lunch near our stores building), let me know when would suit you.
Got it !
Cromercrox’s clue helped, though, because I looked up those words on google and it have me the skull.
The teeth are a great diagnostic feature!
I’m not sure at all. The teeth remind me of a Crab-Eating Seal’s teeth, but the skulls very different.. I’m going to wait until there are more guesses & clues and try again.
Do these animals live in the wild in Madagascar or the Malagasy Republic?
Not Madagascar, but some live in the Malagasy Republic
Dang it. The one time I don’t have to google to check my answer Henry beats me to it. One of the most popular labels in the Grant Museum is on one of these (assuming I’m right). It’s one of the most inappropriately names animals out there, given that it isn’t a xxxxxx and it can’t xxx.
Good point! I’d never really thought of that, although I usually call them by a different name.
I’d like to see the lower incisors
That would make it too easy! I’ll see what I can do about getting an image posted up of the incisors though, for general interest if nothing else! Unfortunately that may have to wait until I’m next in the stores…
CORRECT SPECIES, the CORRECT ANSWER. The snout looks narrower than in the other species.
Although if you only found those tooth crowns you’d be forgiven for thinking you might have a shark. They’re really weird-looking.
A strange looking skull, indeed, although unique enough to be identifiable. A CORRECT ANSWER, if I’m not much mistaken.
Is it a CORRECT ANSWER?
I have Jack Ashby’s comment to thank for that!