I found the side of a jaw by a badger sett today and am curious to know what its from.
It is smooth and short with a length missing.
There are only 5 incisors indicating it to be a carnivorous animal and (possibly from an infant animal as there isn't a full set of teeth)
another clue to its age is that there are two milk teeth inside the jaw that have not yet grown upwards.
So if you could help me crack this that'd be awesome, thankyou
This is the lower jaw of an even toed ungulate, a deer or sheep. The teeth you can see are premolars and molars, any incisors would have been on the far right end of the jaw. You are right in saying that is is a juvenile, the back molars have not yet erupted, this link helps determine the age of deer by tooth eruption:-
The size is not indicated on the photo, but roe deer is probably the most likely
It is the jaw of a herbivore. I'd say sheep or deer.
Wow, thanks John. Its definately looks like a deer jaw - especially comparing the teeth!
Also thankyou for the article, a very interesting read
& Thankyou Al.