Friday mystery object #136


[N.B. The answer to the mystery object will be a little late this week, as I won’t have internet access – expect the answer on Tuesday!]

This week I have a mystery object that will probably prove very easy to identify, since it has quite a distinctive shape:

It looks a bit like Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Dracula to me, but do you know what species this skull is from?

As usual you can put your questions, comments and suggestions below. Good luck!

33 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #136

  1. If this is what I think it is, we had a breeding family group of them. Hot weather was a problem and one of them chewed the plug off my sewing machine, and that isn’t a criptic clue!

  2. A little representative of a native people? Used to be short tailed, now same genus and species name?

    Many years ago, after a long night out in Harrogate, I was woken about 4am as the household pet (not my household) had escaped. For a fat-looking rodent, it was very nippy. Mainly because it’s actually quite slender under that thick fur. Took 45 minutes to catch it.

  3. I’m sitting on the bus trying to work out 7cm in old money …. which seems a bit big for that animal named after an old money coin …. The teeth certainly suggest rodent but those buds on top look like they could carry serious horns … The little known cryptobeast Greater Horned Hamster

  4. we found the best way to catch them was with a couple of feet of cardboard tube from a carpet shop, they just could not resist hopping in. The best pets ever, except perhaps for the squirrel monkey, but that was a long time ago.

  5. my father always said they would make lovely gloves….but I think they’d be a little chilly….although indeed now that I think of it….a beard would indeed be useful.

    • From Wikipedia: “often used as an animal model in researching the auditory system, because the … range of hearing (20 Hz to 30 kHz) and cochlear size is close to that of a human, and the … cochlea is fairly easy to access.”

      • They seem to be attuned to lower frequencies than their size would suggest, which I think ties in with a larger cochlea. Usually, the smaller the animal, the higher the frequencies it can hear (e.g., humans: 12Hz to 20kHz; dogs: 40 Hz to 60kHz; mice: 1 kHz to 90 kHz; bats: 20 Hz and 120kHz. Perhaps this is due to its potential predators being large animals.

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