donnatubridy's picture

Odd skeleton

Observed: 12th February 2013 By: donnatubridy
0045 Cropton 008
Description:

Found on a river bank

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Mydaea's picture

It is a mammal. Without a

It is a mammal. Without a skull or feet to narrow things down, and no size given, it could be almost anything.

donnatubridy's picture

That was all that was

That was all that was present. I should have done a scale photo, however it was at least 30cm long. The back section seems to be a tail? as there seems as there are no apparent appendages and no areas where they may be connected.

Mydaea's picture

The bit at the bottom of the

The bit at the bottom of the picture is the pelvis, with a back leg (femur) attached. The long bit is the spine, with the neck vertebrae at the top of the picture. At 30cm it could still be a lot of things.

featherandhay's picture

Odd skeleton

Unfortunately the photo isn't really sharp enough even at maximum size, for me to decide whether it is mammalian or avian. I actually think it is avian because there are no transverse processes on the lumbar vertebrae to speak of, and I cannot see spinous processes on the thoracic vertebrae either. The whole look of those bones further up towards the head resemble bird vertebrae rather than mammal as far as I can see. The pelvis is all a bit indistinct but there is a slightly avian look to the right femur ... in my opinion! 30 cm is certainly not too big to be a bird but mammal-wise, it is probably too small to be anything bigger than a rabbit.

Mydaea's picture

You might be right about the

You might be right about the bird. It is in far too bad a state to be sure. Processes could have been chewed off. Most of the rest has!