Friday mystery object #139 This week I thought I’d give you a skull to identify – probably a bit too easy, but it’s a nice specimen! Pop you questions comments and suggestions below and I’ll do my best to respond. Good luck! Share this:PrintEmailTwitterFacebookRedditLinkedInPinterestLike this:Like Loading... Related
Juvenile because of pm2 but has all molars. Is the skull sitting right on the jaws ? The teeth don’t match up.
I thought maybe M.R. but he doesn’t have the bump before the eye so H.I. ?
I think you’re right about it being young, and it doesn’t sit very well on the jaws as they have flexed somewhat over the last 97 years – probably when this was on display in a sunny gallery. It’s neither M.r. nor H.i. – but you are definitely on the right track!
That is a huge eye orbit! The teeth don’t look worn at all. I can’t tell if the sutures are fused or not. Because there are no front upper incisors, I have a few guesses for ruminants: C. hir_us or a young E. cab_ _ _ us.
Big eyes and unworn teeth tend to suggest juvenile animals. It does ruminate, but it’s neither C. hir_us or a young E. cab_ _ _ us.
Oh deer. I smell a rat… or maybe a mouse.
I wondered about juvenile muntjac, but the skull doesn’t have any deep pits below the eyesockets. And googling a bit, I would say you are quite right about the mouse connection 😉 .
I said mouse, but I didn’t mean a rodent.
Not sure which C.n you meant – if it has links to an ant killing product then no.
It did. (I thought there was only one extant C.n; can’t find any others.) More research required…
. 5 cm is really quite a
. height for the skull of
. a mouse: I’m sure you
. all agree, esp for
. a young ‘un,
. when its
I hate you WordPress! I spent a whole train ride formatting that so it was a tale of the mouse – with apologies to Lewis Carroll
does this beastie escape predators by hiding underwater?
It has a relative that does…
Without having read any of the other responses yet, I’m torn between whether this belongs to a mouse or a deer. Hmm… there’s probably a clue in there somewhere…