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Sep 1, 2013 10:07 PM

To what does this skull belong?

I found this skull on a beach in west Wales in November ast year, and found another on a beach in Devon at the beginning of the year. I thought it was most likely to be a seal or something like that because of it's shape, but after rather extensive research I actually cannot find anything with this shape skull. Please can you help me!

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    Sep 2, 2013 1:32 AM (in response to Iloveskulls)
    Re: To what does this skull belong?

    Does it look broken anywhere?

     

    could it be a pelvis?

    fish and sea animals have pelvises that have addapted differently..

    can you put a picture of the front of the 'skull'?

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        Sep 2, 2013 7:36 PM (in response to Iloveskulls)
        Re: To what does this skull belong?

        I'm not sure what it is the skull of, but It is definately a skull.  What you are calling the front is the back. The two lumps either side of the hole (foramen magnum) are the condyles for articulation of the first cervical vertebra.  It seems the underside and front of the skull has been removed.  The hard palate has gone, and the bones of the inside of the nose are exposed (the spongey looking bits).  The rattling bits appear to be bones from around the ears, the tympanic bullae having also been removed.  The two smooth areas either side of the skull visible in the underside image, are the upper surfaces of the orbits.

        The view which you call the back is actually the front, and the two holes that can be seen above the spongey bits are the supra orbital foramina.

        Sorry I can't help with ID though.

        Al

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      Sep 5, 2013 10:54 AM (in response to bonecollector)
      Re: To what does this skull belong?

      It is a sheep skull.

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    Sep 2, 2013 10:42 PM (in response to Iloveskulls)
    Re: To what does this skull belong?

    I agree with quaggy. It is definatelly a skull.

    a piece of a skull...

     

    I will try my best to indentify it but I havnt had any luck so far.

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    Mar 16, 2014 5:52 PM (in response to Iloveskulls)
    Re: To what does this skull belong?

    We have just found a boen absolutely identical to the one you found.  We also found it washed up in Devon.  Florin says it's a sheep, but the only picture I can find on the internet of a sheep that looks the same as ours is your photo.  Do we have weird incomplete sheep in Devon?! 

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