Gareth Williams's picture

Mammal skull

Observed: 5th March 2011 By: Gareth Williams
Skull 1
Skull 2
Description:

Skull of unknown mammal found on Mendips.
Required for childs nature table so would like to identify original owner.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

wmccauley's picture

skull

Looks like a sheep from the roundedness of the muzzle, location also makes this likely. Fairly young animal from the size.

Dieldrin's picture

Skull

I would go more with the sheep (or lamb) theory. It was my first thought when I saw it. Also seems a little large for a rabbit at nearly 12cm.

Deadpoet's picture

skull

a picture of the teeth would be very helpful.

PaoloV's picture

Subadult female Roe deer

It's not a sheep because it has a distinct ethmoid fissure and a sub-triangular orbit and the suture between the frontals and parietals is too far forward.

The shape, size and cranial features are entirely consistent with the female Roe deer Capreolus capreolus we have in our collections at the Horniman Museum.