A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Nice Skull Find

On a little hike the other day I found this skull.  First I just noticed the lower jaw bone, looked around and there was the skull.  This is very uncommon to find together so I was quite happy.
It hadn’t been there all that long for there were still small shreds of meat left plus it stunk.
I took it home to clean and preserve.

 I let it soak in water all night then removed the last bits of meat.  I then soaked it another night with some Dawn dishwashing soap in the water.  This cleaned it more and removed most of the stink.  Then I let it set out in the sun all day.

Some of the teeth fell out during the process which was fun trying to replace back in their proper place.  I first had it set up with the jaws closed then changed my mind and set it with them open.  Which do you like best?

This is a small bobcat.  Too big for a domestic cat.  The coyote skulls have a long snout.  I have another bobcat skull but not in as good condition and it is missing the lower jaw bone.  This one will make a nice addition to my collection up on the dash.  

Yes, Beans checked it out.
This creeps me out Dad!


The Furry Gnome said...

Great find!

Shammickite said...

I wonder what happened to the rest of the bones.

Shelly said...

Hey John, post a photo or two looking at the upper teeth and count the holes behind the upper canines. Almost certainly a raccoon but to be sure a photo of the upper teeth would seal the deal. Cheers, Jay.