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Old 11-01-2020, 06:34 PM   #1
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Default Skull or jaw section?

A week ago my granddaughter and I were walking through the woods on my lot and came across this. I think it's a skull and upper jaw but not sure. There are a few large molar teeth similar to a human still there. Anyone have any idea what it was? Fox, coyote, dog, Jimmy Hoffa? It's about 7-8 inches long.
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Wonder if the Squam Science Center would be able to answer that. I'd want to know
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Old 11-05-2020, 12:58 AM   #3
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Question Difficult to Say, with Parts Missing/Broken Off...

One key feature seems to be missing from this specimen; that being the zygomatic arch.

The arch is mentioned here, below, and may point in the right direction:

http://www.science-scene.org/blog/skulls
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One key feature seems to be missing from this specimen; that being the zygomatic arch.

The arch is mentioned here, below, and may point in the right direction:

http://www.science-scene.org/blog/skulls
Thanks ApS and GTO. Good idea on Squam SC. I think I'll go back out and see if there are any other remaining pieces. Hopefully, the arch is still there.
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A very young Winni monster.

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Question Libby?

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A week ago my granddaughter and I were walking through the woods on my lot and came across this. I think it's a skull and upper jaw but not sure. There are a few large molar teeth similar to a human still there. Anyone have any idea what it was? Fox, coyote, dog, Jimmy Hoffa? It's about 7-8 inches long.
1) That'd be a pretty big muskrat! (Picture below).

2) Are you located anywhere near the Libby Museum?
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1) That'd be a pretty big muskrat! (Picture below).

2) Are you located anywhere near the Libby Museum?
Actually I'm about 1 mile from the Libby. My wife had mentioned taking it there for possible identification but they're closed for the season.
As you mentioned before, it's probably important to find the arch and any other remains. The hard part will be trying to find my way back to the same area. I should have marked it. The top of the skull in the picture seems flatter than the one I have. Mine is more of a dome shape.
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Question Not a Dinosaur...Not T-Rex...

Not wanting to be "skunked" with this skull question, I did a casual search through Etsy.com (a shopping website) and found this offering:

Regarding the below skull—and while not wanting to—we have ALL come within inches of these terrifying jaws!

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On the plus side, at least it wasn't a human skull. I'd put money on a coyote or wolf.
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Default Deer?

I've tried to re-trace steps to find other remains but no luck. Is it possible it's a deer?
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Not a carnivore...most likely a deer in this area unless there is a farm with goats/sheep around.



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Arrow Groundhog Sketch...

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Regarding the below skull—and while not wanting to—we have ALL come within inches of these terrifying jaws!

The above is the skull of a mole!

And...does the below sketch match your found skull?
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The above is the skull of a mole!

And...does the below sketch match your found skull?
Although I don't have the lower jaw, I agree with Hillcountry that it`s a deer. No canine teeth sockets. Appears to be just front and rear molars. Also, my mailman is a deer hunter of 20+ years and confirmed it as a deer immediately after seeing it.
I guess case closed. Now off to find a Chupacabra.
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