16 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #387

  1. First thought is one of several beasts of convergent evolution with species names that sound like the sort of thing you’d find in a scrap yard but could be on the wrong track entirely

  2. First thoughts. The face doesn’t look rodenty. So my guess would be that it has palatal vacuities and an inflected angular process on the dentary. And that it hails from South America.

    Note guess

    Also, the fur might have been darker when it was alive…

  3. Marsupials have those science-y skull features, I think: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Angular-process-form-plotted-onto-a-marsupial-phylogeny-based-on-Luckett-1994-for_fig1_233608151
    “Rod-like” is maximum inflection? They also use the palatal holes to determine species of #antechinus – which is my best guess. Not going for the precise species, as it could be anything, and the mystery object looks fluffier and lighter coloured than the creatures I saw.
    Is the skull actually inside the skin?

    Anyway, I discovered some fun new ‘rodents’ in the process: hog-nosed rat; long-nosed rat (Paucidentomys vermidax); zokors. Plus, I rediscovered desman and solenodon! 🥰

  4. Most of the tail seems hairless: probably a spotting mark.
    In my first guess, I suggested it came from South America, but of course there is another landmass with marsupials!
    So maybe, instead of being a small Didelphid (my initial guess) it’s a small Dasyuromorph. (A page of paintings of Dasyuromorphs that I found on the web had some that looked close.) First antechinus photo I found had a furry tail, but Dunnarts seem to have hairless tails…
    But there are lots of species of small Ozzie critters (traditionally called “marsupial mice,” though “marsupial shrews” would probably be an apter description) to choose from…
    I’ll look for some more pictures…

  5. Goatlips– the snout doesn’t seem quite long and pointy enough for I.a. The I.a. snout seems to have a sort of concave profile: posterior part tapers quickly, then the front is drawn out further.

  6. I’m voting Dasyuromorph. Not a Thylacine, Tasmanian Devil, quoll, or numbat. That leaves ten or so genera, and a lot of the Wikipedia articles don’t have pictures.
    Size might help rule out a few.
    But I think I’m stumped.

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