Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Cauga una?

What kind of animal is this?

Today is extra-big, because it's come to my attention that some of you need big pictures so you can see pictures when the chlorine stings your eyes from a day of mindlessly floating around pools.

Which suspiciously sounds like "I resign from trying to figure out what things are. But I'm not a quitter."


This is a mammal, but it isn't an Alaskan mammal. Technically, it's the cast of a mammal's skull, since we don't have one of these in our collection. I don't expect you to figure out the species (but I'll be thrilled if you do!), just tell me what sort of critter you think it is. Like, if you suspect it's some sort of whale, say "Whale."

7 comments:

Finnskimo said...

Its a saber toothed mosquito from the mesozoic period! :) that's my guess. That or a saber toothed tiger.

P.S. I have no idea about Paleozoic or mesozoic, or whatever!

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Looks like my cat. Well, maybe his great-grandfather Smilodon.

Just how many of those PBR's did it take for you to mess up a link?
LOL!

TwoYaks said...

@Finnskimo: Heh! My dirty secret is I have to cheat to remember the time epocs myself. Too many of them, and they all end with "azoic!"

@Dave: Who said I messed up? Maybe I didn't want to give you any traffic. Allllll part of the plan.

(::quietly fixes the link, which blogger broke::)

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Yeeeeaaaaaahhhhhh... blame it on blogger... ;) As opposed to PBR's.

That's a really cool skull, btw. You get to work with all the neat stuff.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Ok, definitely NOT smilodon...

On a second look at the molar dentition, it appears to be some kind of ancient ungulate --Are you looking up your ancestors???? LOL

word veri is dedolyto Perhaps that's what it is?

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

A mammal that went extinct in the Eocene of the order Dinocerata. I'm not seeing any horny prominences (heh, heh, I said horny prominences) so I don't think it'd be of the Uintatheriidae family...

hmmmmmm, gimme a minute...

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Some type of Pantodont???? That's it, I'm done... gotta go make some bread and get the banana leaf wrapped pork roast in the cooker.