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Can someone ID this skull?

PostPosted: May 23, 2007 4:49 pm
by Rick Brinkman
I THINK I know what it is, but I'd like a second opinion.

PostPosted: May 23, 2007 6:18 pm
by SpeleoRover
Any head-on or top shots?

PostPosted: May 23, 2007 7:01 pm
by Evan G
Looks like a Beaver ... Funny thing is I found a skull near Armpit Cabin, WY and it was a beaver. I have always wonder the story behind that animal.

PostPosted: May 24, 2007 1:09 pm
by SpeleoRover
Beaver is usually flatter in profile along the top of the skull; this one lookes like the frontal bones at a different cant than the rostrum. Could be the angle of the photo.

Based on length and profile I suspect porcupine, but I don't know where the skull came from. Just a guess without more photos, though.

PostPosted: May 24, 2007 2:03 pm
by Rick Brinkman
This was found at the -240' level in a cave.

I hadn't thought about a porcupine. I thought it was a woodchuck. It's NOT a beaver. I've got some lower jaw pics too. I'll get them on here.

PostPosted: May 24, 2007 2:24 pm
by MUD
I'm no bone expert but I do have a skull collection. Judging from the size and how it looks.....porcupine...looks just like the skull I have. :exactly:

PostPosted: May 24, 2007 2:59 pm
by Scott McCrea
Cavemud wrote:..porcupine...looks just like the skull I have.

:rofl: Porcupine head.

PostPosted: May 24, 2007 7:07 pm
by SpeleoRover
Rick Brinkman wrote:This was found at the -240' level in a cave.

I was getting at what part of the country was it found - MT?

Don't think it's a woodchuck, but the dental formula from pics will give me the info I need. I remain with my porcupine guess. I'm from non-porcupine country but I had a porcupine skull in my mammalogy lab collection that I used to throw out when I set up lab practicals just out of meanness... :rofl:

PostPosted: May 25, 2007 8:20 am
by MUD
:laughing: Good one Scott... :laughing:

PostPosted: May 31, 2007 3:00 pm
by adleedy
Cavemud wrote::laughing: Good one Scott... :laughing:

i agree :rofl: