As of February 2016, after 416 posts, and over six and a half years of blogging, I'm taking a break.
I've explained why here. There's plenty of past posts to read, though - hope you enjoy them !
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I need your help for two future blog posts !


I'm preparing two special blog posts for a month or so's time, and I need your help !

One is going to be about my ten favourite websites for bone collectors. I know what my ten favourite websites are, but are there any I have missed ? What are your favourite websites ?

I would like to do another post about other amateur bone collectors like me and what their favourite bone or skull in their collection is. I got the idea from a thing that Ben Garrod did on his Ben's Bones Facebook page (I came second with my leopard skull). If you are a bone collector, what's your favourite skull ?

Leave a message in the comments below, or email me at jakesbones@gmail.com !

PS. I have just realised this is my 200th blog post ! Hurrah for me !

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Anonymous said...

Wow Jake, 200 posts is an incredible achievement, many congratulations and I hope you never lose the passion for either bones or blogging. I will give your request for help some thought and recontact you soon.

Jacob said...

Hey Jake,
I have a collection of 72 skulls (which I am very proud of, living on the cornish coast and all that), and I'm glad I'm not the only teenager who has this unique hobby in the UK :) So, I suppose my favourite skull is my Fulmar skull (not to be confused with northern fulmars). So... yeah. thanks for reading.

BrigidsBlest said...

Hi, Jake.

My name is Jennifer and I live in the state of Indiana in the U.S. I've been collecting skulls and bones for a little over a year now. My collection isn't that big or interesting: mostly white-tail deer skulls (all does, so far) and raccoon skulls. I just acquired an opossum skull that's being cleaned right now, and I have a coyote skull, a house cat skull, some mouse skulls I got out of owl pellets, and a kit fox skull. The skulls that I've seen in the wild that I couldn't take were more interesting. It's illegal to own most bird skulls (or feathers) here in the U.S. due to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16U.S.C. 703-712). About the only bird skulls a person can own if they don't have a special license (such as museums, hurt bird rehabbers, nature centers, or zoos) are certain domestic birds like chickens, geese, and turkeys, or wild game birds that can be hunted, such as grouse, quail, or pheasant. But I've seen in the wild (and left there) bones and skulls and feathers from red-tailed hawks, several different sorts of owls, cardinals, turkey vultures, several types of cranes and herons, starlings, American robins, house sparrows, and goldfinches.

The most interesting bone I own isn't a skull, alas; it's a femur from a white-tailed deer that was very, very badly broken and then healed well enough for the deer to use the leg again before it died from something else. I found it and half of a tibia in the forest where I go often to look for bones. I can't say for certain what the deer died of, but because the other half of the tibia was chewed away, and because most of the bones I find in that forest are gnawed on by coyotes, (and because it was nowhere near a road), I believe it was killed and eaten by coyotes. I can send you a picture of it if you like. It's got a very interesting heal pattern.

Findlay Wilde said...

Hi Jake, me again. Sorry I don't know that much about bones but I hope your 2 posts go really well, From Findlay.

Jack N said...

My favourite skull is either my sika deer skull, my fallow deer
skull or my crocodile skull.I could send photos if you like!
Hope this helps!

Julia said...

congrats on your 200th post! That's awesome. I have many favorite bones, and skulls, but of my collection I love my deer skull, Alyssa. She's a white-tailed deer. But I love narwhal skulls so much, they are amazing creatures. I also love frog skulls!

Jake said...

Thanks everyone ! If you'd like to be featured with your favourite bone or skull send me an email to jakesbones@gmail.com and I'll try to include as many as I can.

Rebecka said...

Congrats on the 200th post!

I haven't been collecting for long at all (my brother was the one interested when we were kids. And of course my parents threw everything away when he grew out of it! How could they not know their daughter would go into osteology in her twenties?), but my most treasured skull is from a juvenile rhesus macaque that grandpa got somewhere in Asia in the 40s.

Jake said...

Hi everyone ! Thanks for offering to write about your favourite bone. If I haven't emailed you already can you email me at jakesbones@gmail.com and I'll tell you the sort of thing I was thinking of.

Ben said...

Mr Jake, Can we enter a favourite skull EVEN if it's not a skull? I know I'm being an awkward osteo-nerd but I have some 'new' bones (which I'm sure you already know about and just want the opportunity to brag ha ha)!!!

Jake said...

I was thinking it would just be for amateur bone collectors, but I was going to do a different thing for professional bone collectors later.

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