This week I have a mystery skull from the collections of the Horniman Museum & Gardens for you to have a go at identifying:
The family it belongs to may be easy to work out, but as we’ve experienced in the past, the species can be more difficult to establish.
Cryptic answers would be much appreciated, to give the less experienced a chance to work it out. Have fun!
Can’t decide if it’s an XJ6 or XJS, but either way this big kitty has clocked up a very high mileage. Spotty. Very spotty.
Looks quite old. Mk II perhaps?
Dental formula might indicate Felidae. Is it a young Smilodon sp. ?
Apologies for not being criptic, first time answering here and nothing comes to my mind.
Great blog, by the way.
Or it might be it is not a cat directly, but it’s cave-dwelling laughing cousin?
I’m pretty sure it didn’t laugh.
Is this a quick cat that doesn’t play by the rules?
Luxury model by the looks of it, suspect the species sounds like the klaxon on a traditional roadrunner?
Don’t think it’s the luxury model…brow ridge is too low, and the nostrils are too big. Small teeth holes, big air intake, as Hedd Thomas above put, I think it’s that speedy cat that doesn’t play by the rules.