This week I have a mystery object for you that’s a bit different from the usual. Any idea what this zoomed in picture is showing?
It’s probably a bit of a tricky one, so if you want an extra image that makes it much easier you can click on this link for a bonus clue.
Please leave your suggestions in the comments below – I’d love to find out your thoughts and let me know if you needed the clue. Have fun!
After having seen the bonus clue, I’d say it looks a lot like this: https://fr.pinterest.com/pin/370843350546139824/
It does indeed! Not quite the same though.
More Google image search for “hornbill skull casque” brings up this post by Grant museum’s manager Jack Ashby : https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/2014/04/09/why-twitter-is-good-for-museums-making-discoveries/
Interesting comments on the reason the skull appears as it does in that link… I’ve seen this before on hornbill skulls that have never been boiled. This is perfectly normal for the inside of a hornbill casque and nothing to do with over boiling. If you get the chance to look inside a hornbill’s casque sheath e.g. through a crack, insect boring, bullet hole, cutting one in half or removing the entire sheath (as in this case) you will see this structure within (all-be-it slightly different in each individual and each species).
Looking at other specimens I totally agree, unless there’s been a LOT of over boiling…
It’s Hornbill’sSkull and In side of the Hornbill’s “Horn”?
Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
Wow. Totally stumped until I read the comments. Will leave it up to your more knowledgeable readers.
Well, the bird skulls linked to are pretty convincing, so I will just concede defeat. My initial thought was something marine, many-limbed, invertebrate, and capable of spectacular colour changes. The skeletal structures from such creatures that I have seen are much less frothy, but I thought there might be a species which…
Beautiful! This one really resonates with us. To celebrate it’s beauty we’ll open a casque to celebrate. What do you think?
We’ll have to go with genus A. based on the size of the thing.
Could be an A genus (there are more than one) or a B genus (also more than one) but I think it is likely to be pied non-the-less.