hastingshippies's picture

Mammal jawbone

Observed: 15th February 2013 By: hastingshippies

Hi, just back from a walk in our local woods where we found this bone. The teeth are fascinating,they look like they are for cutting. Can anyone tell me what it is? Thanks for looking. Colin.

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D.M.H.'s picture

its a deer but couldnt tell

its a deer but couldnt tell you for sure what species.


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Rose's picture

Premolars & Molars

the teeth you can see are
Premolars- Any of eight bicuspid teeth in mammals, arranged in pairs on both sides of the upper and lower jaws between the canines and molars. Premolars are used to tear and grind food. And
Molars- Teeth with a broad, flat crown used to grind food and are located behind the premolars.

The ones used for cutting (not left on the jaw bone anymore) are the incisors, located at the front of the mouth.


hastingshippies's picture

Deer, thanks

I have seen fallow deer around here. I just looked them up and it said three premolars and three molars and that would seem to be the case with this jaw. Thanks for the help.

featherandhay's picture

Mammal jawbone

Pretty certain this is a deer, although the most distinctive part of a deer jawbone is the angular process, whoch has been gnawed off. Fallow would be my best guess.

the naturalist man's picture


I would agree on fallow due to the size. The front premolars (first to erupt) are well worn putting the animal over two - three years old. However, the moalars at the rear still have their pointy crowns suggesting the animal was less than four-five years old. Therefore, the animal is an adult at around three to five years old. An adult red deer jaw, even a hind, would be larger than this.

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