First of all, congrats to John, Ann, and the Duxbury Ramblers, who guessed #3. You got it right. Here is the fragment next to two more complete skulls.
Now you can see that it is a deer. I am sorry to say that this was a fawn that did not make it through the winter. It was probably born late in the season. There's no way to know if it was killed, or just died and was then eaten.
How can I tell? Well, the two real giveaway features for me were that the top of the skull did not narrow significantly in front of the eyes, and the big one was the holes (foramen) just above the eye sockets. I've circled one on each of the skulls in the picture below. The color is just an indication of how much the bone has bleached, and has nothing to do with identification.
Here is the book I use to help me identify skulls. I tried to add it to my Amazon Recommendations at the bottom of the page, but it's not letting me edit it for some reason. Hope I can get that figured out soon.
I had a lot of fun today! Since we are supposed to have several rainy days soon, I already know that I'll have good things to show you, despite the weather.
My life is getting really busy again, and I'm behind on reading many of your blogs. I caught up with a couple of people today, and I'll try to get a few more tomorrow!
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