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Monday, March 15, 2010

A Bony Mystery


piece of skull

While hiking with Ellen the other day, we found this piece of bone that obviously is part of a skull. But whose? We'll play a game today.

piece of skull

Hoping you won't be grossed out. This is all part of nature, as much as the cute bunnies and birds. Yes, this has been chewed on. Just try to remember that some other critter lived because this one died. (When we eat meat we do it too!) Here's a little help. Just to orient you, I've labeled the back and the eye sockets.

Here's the game- just leave a comment as to which one of the skulls this piece matches, and why you think so. There is no trick. I've oriented them all the same. Don't be fooled by size- there can be a lot of variation between individuals in any species. The fragment is smaller than some of the whole ones and larger than others. The piece is a match for one of these.

1.
piece of skull with comparison skull

2.
piece of skull with comparison skull

3.
piece of skull with comparison skull

4.
piece of skull with comparison skull

5.
piece of skull with comparison skull

6.
piece of skull with comparison skull


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8 comments:

Lin said...

I don't know!!! I guess my only question is what are you doing with all those skulls???? Ewwwwww!

I'm totally guessing with #2.

John | English Wilderness said...

I guess number 3, although I've changed my mind a few times! Some of the features on the skull look similar even though they're a different size.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

This is a tough one but I'd have to go with #5. They are similar in some spots with similar color. Just a guess, I have no idea. Pretty cool though.

Duxbury Ramblers said...

I think 3 the eye socket seems to be right to me even though they are different in size.

Ann said...

I've been around enough hunters not to be bothered by dead animals or skulls. I'm not sure but I think it seems to resemble #3 the most

Sharkbytes said...

Lin- Nice sentiment- o ye who handles dead frogs! Studying them, of course.

John- Yup... you noticed what was important.

Jo- thanks for giving it a try! The color just reflects the ageing process.

Duxbury!- good spotting.

Ann- your good eye caught it!

Ratty said...

Oh no! I missed this one. It looks like it was very fun too. I've been missing a lot of things the past several days. Keep up this kind of post though, because they are very fun.

Sharkbytes said...

Ratty- I was hoping you would play, but I figured you were very busy. Would you have guessed right?

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