Invasive animal skullsMay 30, 2012
Another day of animal skulls in our build up to skull appreciation day (week)!
Todays skulls are members of a collection of skulls, taxidermy, bones and bits belonging to a friend of Craniophiles- Steve. His work in invasive animal species is world renowned (well deserved as it is incredible work) and in his travel allows him to encounter many a skull!
He was kind enough to let us spend the afternoon with his fur-less friends where we took many pictures. Here are a couple for you!
These skulls (once) belonged to a wild dog and cat. Both with teeth which can be a rare find in skull scavenging. The thin ‘scrolly’ bone in their noses (which looks kind of like a Cadbury Flake up close) are the nasal concha or turbinates. They act as both filters and warmers for the air so that their lungs dont get shocked with cold air or filled with crap. Humans have them too, you might not have noticed them as they are less obvious… seeing as we don’t have a ‘snout’- they also look less like a chocolate bar and more like a candelabra in humans.
This one is a (kinda blurry, sorry) close up of sutures- in particular the Bregma (point where the coronal and sagittal sutures intersect). I love this pic, because it shows that the growth of the skull is happening in a much more complex manner than just one direction at once. Look closely and sutures arent a straight line, particularly in humans they meander along the skull and sometimes even form small islands of bone in the suture (Wormain bones).
and finally…. if anyone thought we could spend an afternoon with skulls and not be totally immature and pretend they were all eating each other… they don’t know us very well!