greenfinches's picture

Skull showing teeth

Observed: 10th March 2013 By: greenfinches
skull from above
skull showing teeth
skull from below
Description:

It's strange that it appears to have no incisors.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

chrisbrooks's picture

ID question

How long is it please ?

greenfinches's picture

size

It's approx 6 inches from front to back

D.M.H.'s picture

Not fox, badger or domestic

Not fox, badger or domestic dog as no ridge along centre

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D.M.H.'s picture

No deer have upper incisors

No deer have upper incisors only have them in lower jaw.

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featherandhay's picture

skull showing teeth

I think this is almost certainly a female Muntjac skull. An earlier post suggested correctly that it wasn't fox or badger - that was certainly correct but the reason stated was the lack of a cranial ridge (sagittal crest). However the real give away is the toth structure which is totally unlike a carnivorous mammal. The shape of the cranium as seen in the dorsal view seems wrong for Roe Deer but I also note there are deep depressions in front of the eye socket (see the lateral view) which are much too large to resemble my Roe deer skull, yet these are a significant feature of Muntjac skulls.

the naturalist man's picture

Muntjac

I agree with female muntjac for the same reasons as given by featherandhay.

All the teeth have erupted but there is little wear so this was a young adult around two years old.

Graham Banwell

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