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Feb 6, 2014 10:57 AM

can anyone identify this skull?

Hi guys and girls,

My dad recently found this bone that we believe to be a skull on the beach at Frinton on Sea in Essex. It was washed up after some of the recent stormy weather. It is pretty worn as you can see, and most of the cavities are filled with what appears to be very hard old clay.

It is approximately 150mm long, and 140mm wide at is widest part.

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    Feb 6, 2014 5:13 PM (in response to barefoot)
    Re: can anyone identify this skull?

    I think it is a very old whale skull.

    It looks at least 30 years old

    I dont know exactly what is,try taking it to a museum,they might be able to identify it.

    GOOD LUCK!!!

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    Feb 7, 2014 7:20 PM (in response to barefoot)
    Re: can anyone identify this skull?

    Sorry to disappoint you after such an exciting suggestion of a whale skull BUT this is the cranium of a Cow. The articulations for the first vertebra are typical for a herbivore and most unlike any cetacae (whale/dolphin/porpoise). The shape of the top of the skull is saddle shaped in a cow and fits best with the photos.

     

    Photo 3 - side of the skull, neck on the left nose (missing) on the right

    Photo 4 - back of the skull where it attaches to the neck

    Photo 5 - undersurface

    Photo 6 - front view, this shows the back wall of the nasal cavity, towards the table, and the saddle shaped top of the crainium

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