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The title refers to a scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet that shows a brooding Hamlet with a human skull in his hand as he contemplates the ephemeral nature of life. I noticed this rather large skull half-buried in the forest floor as I was exploring the western slope of Mack Ridge in the Belknaps. It is not a moose or deer or bear skull; its lack of canine teeth would seem to rule out members of the canine or feline family; and it does not seem to match any examples of skulls on a good web site devoted to showing skulls of many wild and domestic animals. Does anyone have any idea what kind of animal this skull once belonged to?
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With the eyes set apart—and not facing forward—suggests a herbivore. If it's a Beaver, who'd lost his incisors, he would have starved to death. The surface of the remaining teeth would be a good indicator of his former diet.



Is there a pond nearby, with running water?



As to Shakespeare, I had a similar experience. I was in a buddy's auto repair shop, and picked up a dusty "York" A/C compressor frame. As it was empty of internal parts, and resembled a human skull, I commented, "Alas, poor York".



My buddy, who would normally like a good "turn of phrase" was left speechless, but did nod approval.

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