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Apr 16, 2014 9:54 AM

Unidentified skeleton

Hello,
I took pictures of this skeleton a few years ago in a zoology class but I can't figure out which animal is it. I hope you can help!
(The skeleton belongs to a Croatian university so it's probably an animal from this region.)

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    Apr 16, 2014 1:33 PM (in response to Andreja7)
    Re: Unidentified skeleton

    Hi

     

    It looks to me to be a Rat, nice brown teeth, google Rat skeleton images

     

    Steve

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        Apr 16, 2014 9:24 PM (in response to Andreja7)
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        I agree Andreja, this could be either a rodent or rabbit/Hare species but there are many features which point away from it being a rat. In particular look at the cheek teeth. I will see waht I can dig up.

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          Apr 16, 2014 9:27 PM (in response to John)
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          Hi

          Its a Rodent thats for sure

          At the back of my mind Rats always had brown teeth as for a hare or rabbit check out the tail

          Steve

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          Apr 16, 2014 9:40 PM (in response to John)
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          I am wondering whether it is some species of lemming.

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            Apr 16, 2014 9:52 PM (in response to John)
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            Hi John

             

            Do lemmings have long tails, If its European I think its a choice between Rats, Mice, Dormice  Coypu, Beaver and Squirrel

             

            Steve

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              Apr 16, 2014 10:11 PM (in response to basquesteve)
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              You are quite right, lemming tails are too short. Rats, Mice, Dormice, Squirrel all have teeth with cusps (like our teeth), this skull has teeth in the lower jaw which are more like Vole, Rabbit, Hare, but again as you have pointed out the long tail excludes these groups. Coypu and Beaver teeth are different again and the zygomatic arches are much more developed than on this skull so I don't think it is either of these. There is a chance that is not a native species so we could be looking at a world list to chose from.

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