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special fox skull?

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Orkman-X, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. Orkman-X

    Orkman-X New Member

    Hey guys,

    been a while. I hope you are all doing great.
    I have a question about a fox skull that I've had for several decades now. the guy told me it was from a blue fox but that is not really a species afaik.
    the skulls has on each side a bony spike on the lower jaws. I've never seen this in any fox skull.

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    maybe it's an anomaly in this specific specimen or maybe it is a known feature in a specific (sub)species of (arctic) fox.

    I know some of you work with experts in zoology museums so maybe someone knows.

    thanks for your help

    best regards

    marc
     
  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    I've looked at mine and I have pure arctic and arctic/red fox crosses. None of them show this. Thinking you have an odd abnormality.
     

  3. Looks like a bone spur to me. I've seen protrusions like this on other species skulls and bones before, and it can be caused either by some kind of injury or a lot of stress on the bone in the area. Usually I see it on large predator skulls like bears, and I'm working on a cougar skull right now that has something similar on the jawbone.
     
  4. skinsandkins

    skinsandkins New Member

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    x2 on the bone spur. They're not common, but not too rare. Very cool find nonetheless!

    The seller was either misinformed, or they meant a blue fox as in the color morph. I'd assume that, either way, its a ranched fox.
     
  5. Orkman-X

    Orkman-X New Member

    thanks guys for the replies. never knew these things were merely anomalies that occur in a range of species. had hoped to own a special subspecies or whatnot.

    happy holidays everyone!

    marc