This Friday I have a pretty straightforward mystery object for you. I was going to make it difficult by giving you an image of the specimen without the skull attached, but I am at a NatSCA meeting in Leeds today, so I probably won’t get much chance to provide clues during the day (although I will do my best).
So what is this the skeleton of?
As usual you can put your answers below (using clever clues if possible) – I will try my best to respond. Good luck!
Not a rock lobster, nor a lorax, but a…?
I was going to go far a mara.
They have longer legs and the teeth are a rather different
Might this be something that is liable to be over-stuffed, possibly with oysters? But I’m on the train without my glasses looking at a miniscile image so I probably have the scale wrong ….
I think you have the scale wrong… 🙂
It’s a mammal!
And it’s cute and small and furry….Also, it’s famously related to another mammal that you wouldn’t expect it to, because it’s not small or furry…
Does this mammal spend a lot of time in or around water?
Not really. In fact, I associate these critters with quite arid conditions.
Likes rocks and trees
But which does this one prefer?
I’ll go for the rocks.
Is its second name Bruce ?
Not quite, but it’s very closely related. Brilliant clue!
Not all that lives in crags is kosher. Leviticus 11:5, Deuteronomy 14:7, Psalms 104:8, Proverbs 30:26.
Spot on – interestingly, this animal provides an example of an inaccuracy in the Bible.
Latin for “first guineapig”? Profile looks right for this genus.