Basicaly my friend found this large, massive scull in the forest, sended me pictures and I really dont understand what am I looking at.
Sorry for the bad qality. But I need help
P.s. His hand is big, dont get fooled by that
Hi, I've moved your post into the Bones, teeth and skulls forum for identification - it might help the experts with the ID if you can say where the skull was found (forest and, if it isn't in the UK, the country).
Knowing where this was found could help considerably! Lets make some statements about what we can tell from this skull. It is the back of the skull, the brain case, including the attachment with the spine. At the sides of the skull are the attachments of a muscle called the temporalis and they meet at the top of the skull, this is a feature of Carnivores. There are not many carnivores of this size, large cats, bears, hyena, wolf and large dogs. Comparing what we can see from the photos with these species, this skull seems to be elongated, long and thin, this is not the case with cats where the skulls are short and wide. The two cheek bones on this skull are massive, a feature of bears and hyena and not so much wolf or dogs. The trees in the background look like silver birch, a tree of northern forests including north america. So putting it all together my best GUESS is bear.
i don't understand how it seems to have the same sort of zygomatic bones as a sheep/herbivore?? or is this just the quality of the photos that's making it hard to tell? i mean it has to be a bear but i can't get my head around the photos
Forgive me for I have sinned. Lullabee, the reason the zygomatic bones look like a herbivore are because the skull is from a herbivore. I have just dug my horse skull out from the garage and taken a few photos, Horse it is, this is no longer a GUESS. Notice that the temporalis muscles meet at the top of the cranium, just like in carnivores, I'll remember that next time!!