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Maceration Of A Mountain Lion Skull Cougar Tutorial

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by Sea Wolf, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. flintlough

    flintlough Member

    Re: Maceration of a mountain lion skull

    Thanks Sea Wolf. Love this thread, very clear and succinct. Things sure have come a long way from some of the very earliest posts on this website regarding bone cleaning.

    I am amazed and impressed by the depth of knowledge that the members here (like you Sea Wolf) have. The way that the experts on this site go out of their way to help newer members is heartwarming.

    Merry Christmas to all,
  2. Re: Maceration of a mountain lion skull

    Just wanted to say that is an amazing, concise, well written post :) Exactly perfect for beginners. Thank you!

    I have only ever macerated in warm weather, without a heater (in the UK, a challenge but occasionally it happens!!!) with skulls that were, let us say,'ripe', and apart from removing the head from the body and removing the larger chunks there was no way I was getting up too close and personal with it.

    I have a quick question - is Dawn a liquid dish soap? I've not really heard of it before, not something I think we get in the UK. I use shops own biological washing powder.

  3. stijn_

    stijn_ New Member

    Re: Maceration of a mountain lion skull

    Very nice tutorial.
    Is it bad to ad biological washing powder to the maceration process?
    Some tutorials say so...
    Thank you.
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Re: Maceration of a mountain lion skull

    Dawn is a liquid dish soap used in the USA. I think a close comparison might be called "Fairy"?See if you can find a good quality liquid dish washing liquid. Not a cheap one and it should not be really runny and watered down. If there is an uncolored one it might be preferable to one that has dye in it but even the blue Dawn we have here is good 99.9% of the time. For the maceration/rotting.cleaning part of the process, don't add anything at all to the water. Water only. I even experimented with adding beer and it didn't make anything happen faster/better and just wasted the beer.
  5. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Re: Maceration of a mountain lion skull

  6. jfake

    jfake Member

    Re: Maceration of a mountain lion skull

    Sea wolf. You said do not use a metal bucket. Makes sense. What if it is a water trough for cattle. Would this work?

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  7. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Re: Maceration of a mountain lion skull

    Would be just fine if it was plastic or resin. Do not use any sort of galvanized metal. Also bear in mind that you should be changing out half the water at around the 5 day mark. Big, unwieldy containers make this difficult to do.
  8. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Fixed broken pictures.
  9. Truckless Yooper

    Truckless Yooper New Member

    This is a very helpful post. Well written, detailed and I plan on coming back to this for reference. Thank you for sharing.
  10. Paskullls

    Paskullls New Member

    Very helpful thanks for posting it
    One question
    You said 80/90F for cleaning
    115F for degrees
    I always thought 115/120 for cleaning and degrees