Friday mystery object #92


This week I’ve decided not to opt for an Eastery mystery object and stick with skulls – hopefully nothing too difficult, but enough to be a challenge. Any idea what this skull belongs to?

As usual I will try to respond to any questions comments or suggestions below.

Good luck and have a lovely Easter Bank Holiday!

27 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #92

  1. Long and relatively flat, which has to narrow things down a bit. Its a moderately sized animal from the scale, and the sagittal crest looks large, while the teeth look carnivorous. My initial thoughts are in the direction of a procyonid or viverrid, from the number of cheek teeth.

      • Hmm… well, if that’s on the right lines, my next thoughts are leading me to a beast with (oh, I’m rubbish at these subtle clues, but let’s try anyway) a tautonymous nose? I’m not hugely confident of that, but it seems the best fit for the moment…

    • Oh, yeah… I knew that. Ahem.

      But if I’m on the right track family-wise, I can’t imagine there’s may species that would have a skull that big. Moving away from the procyonids, the versions of the other group that live in Africa and the larger bit of India would be about the right size, and their heads are around the right shape too… so maybe one the other of those?

  2. I think it’s a carnivore- but not a Carnivore. I haven’t checked, but I think there are too many teeth at the back, and the angle of the lower jaw looks weird – I’d guess that there’s some serious convergent evolution here so I’m going wild with a Tasmanian Devil.

  3. Is it a ringtail skull?

    Though I’m not sure if they are classed as carnivores- since a lot of “carnivores” tend to actually be omnivorous.

    • It’s not a Ringtail, although there are several species of mammal which go by that name. I assume you’re referring to the Ring-tailed cat Bassariscus astutus. These are members of the racoon family, so they are Carnivores (with a capital C) despite being omnivorous.

  4. Has this been solved? So… it’s a Carnivore, it’s housecat size-ish and might have omnivorous tendencies… I was going to suggest something like a viverrid, as the skull is not ‘long’ enough for a mustelid (pardon my untrained language!), but it’s too big for a mongoose, so it could be a civet of some sort….

    I’m really curious now! 🙂

    Carlos.

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