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!
Thanks for getting back to me I had considered the possibility it was another bone, like a pelvis, but I cant find anything like it online as a pelvic bone either, and in all reality I don't know enough about animal/mammal skelital systems to think other bones it could be.
As for a break, yes there is one - it is at the 'back' (if you go along with the idea that it's a skull).
There are also things that resemble teeth too...(see 'teeth' photos). I would suggest herbivore type, if they are indeed teeth? But I guess if it turns out not to be a skull then.... what are they?! They rattle like loose teeth...
Thank you for your time!
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.
Thank you for your reply. Although I preferred it the way I had it, it makes way more sense from what you have said. Thank you so much for your time Fingers crossed we can work out what it is from now!
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?!