Friday mystery object #70

This Friday I am not going to provide any scale bar with the object. This is something that I have to deal with quite often, when members of the public email a photo of something for identification. Sometimes it’s not a big problem, particularly if the whole organism is in view and it’s has distinctive morphology (shape), but in some instances (particularly with bones) it can make identification very tricky indeed. Let’s see how you do:

Any idea what this might be?

Put your questions, comments and suggestions below and I’ll do my best to provide answers (except about size). Good luck!

23 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #70

    • Just for others to follow through, the presence of carnassials indicate its a carnivore. The curved robust mandible is quite distinctive. And the jagged arrangement of the lower teeth (i.e. not in a straight line is also quite unique.

      • I knew you’d cause trouble with this one. I’m pretty sure you know what this is already – in fact I think you’ve even seen the specimen…

        The lower molar is indeed hidden by the upper 4th molar.

  1. Hmm. Tricky without a scale bar. There’s three species in two genera that it could be. I’ll say its Crocuta crocuta, the general proportions on the other species don’t look quite right.

  2. I know it’s not a bear now but it still looks like a bear to me because of the four cheek teeth and the hook on the jaw and the bits round the eyes and because it looks like a bit of a scary animal. What are the bits where you can tell it isn’t really a bear ? I can’t tell.

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