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Mammal skull

Observed: 26th April 2013 By: Rob ColemanRob Coleman’s reputation in MammalsRob Coleman’s reputation in MammalsRob Coleman’s reputation in Mammals
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Part of an old mammal skull found in woodland (scale in cm). I think this is from a young badger (found close to a sett).

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DebbieA's picture

Hi Rob, Its a bit tricky to

Hi Rob,
Its a bit tricky to tell from the photos and the missing skull parts. Have you got any shots of the teeth pattern on the upper jaw?
There are some keys and pictres on the excellent Wills skull website
http://www.skullsite.co.uk/index.htm.

Debbie Alston

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No - I could add a picture

No - I could add a picture from this position if I get the chance. Thanks for the skulls website link - lots of good stuff here! I've got a few skulls in my compost heap at the moment...

Rob Coleman

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You can differentiate fox

You can differentiate fox from badger by the shape of the eardrums, in common terminology. (The correct name is tympanic bulla.) I posted a bit on this subject on an RSPB blog last year, under the ID of SMG_Skullboy. Might solve your own mystery.
http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/arne/b/arne-blog/archive/...

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Thanks very much for this -

Thanks very much for this - reference to your blog confirmed immature badger and I won't get the two mixed up again. I'll will add a picture showing this at some point!

regards

Rob

Rob Coleman