One of the great things about seeing the bones of a particular animal often is that you get to spot when there are minor things which are different. As you will know if you read my blog regularly, the animal I most often see and find are deer, both roe and red deer. That's what this skull is of - a roe - that's the easy bit !
I found it a few weeks ago, and quickly spotted that something was a bit unusual. You probably won't spot it from the photo - unless you really know deer really well - but read on if you want to know what makes this roe deer a little bit special.
But first - a bit about deer teeth.
If you haven't spotted it yet, here's the same jaws from the side, with the PM1/PM2/PM3 teeth pulled out:
But what does this mean ?
It means it's pretty unusual, although one of the first red deer skulls I found had an extra tooth in the roof of its mouth. But I hardly ever see this.
The first thing was that although the jaw I was comparing it against was slightly longer (probably because the comparison jaw was from an older male, and the found jaw was from a younger female), the length of the six teeth was longer on the new found jaw.
Four clues to solving PM2½
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