Friday mystery object #142


This week I have a genuine mystery object for you. I just stumbled across a couple of big boxes of unidentified skulls and bits of bone, so you can help me work out what some of these things might be from. To start with we have this skull:

Please put your suggestions, comments and questions below and I’ll do my best to respond. Enjoy – and have a nice Easter!

15 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #142

  1. Let’s see… well, it’s a rodent, and not a myomorph. Yay – I’ve cut it down to just 700 or so possibilities 🙂

    Well, let’s try and narrow it down further! We don’t know the scale, but I’m guessing it’s a fair size for a rodent, and there’s a few distinctive features here and there. I’m going to say… this animal would be good for cutting grass?

  2. One off my books (1894!) has a different scientific name for this animal, calling it A……… s……….. rather than Th. Do you know why this change was made? It also quotes some local names Yumba and Ivondue and says that ‘its flesh is excelent when roasted’. I believe that it is still a local delicacy and is now being farmed.

  3. African rodent. It’s large. That and the backward slant of the maxilla narrow it down to one of two species of the same genus; I’m going to opt for the larger.

  4. This is a very robust rodent. I expected the skull to be bigger than the scale says. Is the green color from soil contamination or is it green dye?

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