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Jun 17, 2013 4:20 PM

roe deer skull with a strange bone abnormality?

i found this doe skull yesterday in a forest in Norfolk, and i immediately noticed that both of her palatine processes are severely damaged/missing a lot of bone? and whatever bone left is incredibly honeycombed and deteriorated. she was very old (her teeth are very very worn down and the whole skull looks aged), so it could be age related? the bone that's left around her palate still feels strong, it isn't spongy. also, some teeth fell out when i picked her up, and the roots are eroded. i spent most of yesterday trying to find deer bone diseases or cancers and all i found that sounds maybe similar is lumpy jaw, but this is different...

 

does anyone know what was wrong with her, please?

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    Jun 24, 2013 12:18 PM (in response to lullabee)
    Re: roe deer skull with a strange bone abnormality?

    Hi, the bone changes that you can see are normal in an older animal that has lost teeth before it died. When a tooth falls out the bone grows into and then resorbs around the sockets. This is pretty extreme on one side of this animal as the maxillary sinus is completely exposed. It does look like she may have had a dental abscess on that side as there is bone inflammation which would be consistent with a dental infection, but it doesn't look like the interior of the sinus itself was affected.

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