.....a rock hyrax !
You can also see the gap between incisors and back teeth which is a sign of an animal that grazes, and also how the top and bottom incisors come together:
From the back you can see how deep the jaw is. This is very unusual and from the side reminded me slightly of a howler monkey jaw, although the howler monkey has a very special adaptation for that, which is different when seen from other angles to the rock hyrax.
So the rock hyrax skull looks a lot like a lot of other skulls in part: there are bits that look like horse, howler monkey, sheep, rabbit, armadillo, and elephant, even though it isn't really like any of those other creatures, and I think the similarities are sometimes coincidences. It's amazing that an animal so common in Africa is so different from all the others, and it shows you even the most common animal can have amazing features.
A BIG thank you to Philippe from Blue Duiker for sending this to me ! There was also a second skull in as an extra present, but I'll write about that another time !
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