This week I have an object for you that came through as an enquiry from Mark Ribbands via William Vine. It’s 190mm long and was found in the forest of South Thailand:
Any idea what it came from? As usual you can leave your suggestions below – I may not be able to respond during the day as I’m at a seminar on Natural Science Collections and the Law, but I’m sure that there will be some interesting discussion about this object from the regulars!
Member of the genus Ch*rr*n** by any chance? Possibly fl*v*g*l*?
On 2nd thoughts, that’s 80mm longer than the longest known Ch*rr*n** skull. Back to drawing board…
Flat face and four cheek teeth ? Is it a juvenile from the sutures ? M*s*e*i*ae or g*n*t ? Too big to be a lot of things.
I’m not really an expert in mammals, but let’s give it a try. It’s clearly a juvenile (unclosed sutures, baby teeth) of an omnivore with a preference for meat. Taking into account the origin and size, my guess woyld be Malayan Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus).
My thoughts are similar to Wouter van Gestel. I have an adult skull at work that looks very simillar, and based on size and location of discovery, it seems plausible.