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Rabbit skull bone ID

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Caitlin NZ, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. I've cleaned and articulated a bunch of rabbit skulls, and there's two types of bones that some, but not all, of my skulls have that I can't identify.

    The first type is a pair that I think might be the lacrimal bones, but I don't know how they fit into the eye socket:

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    The second is a single, symmetrical bone that's very latticed and kind of saddle-shaped:

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    The photos were taken very quickly and shoddily with my phone camera, but I can try for better ones if anyone wants a closer look - hopefully these are enough to jog someone's memory?
     
  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    I have yet to have loose parts off of a rabbit but the top set also looks like bits I have had loosen up from inside the braincase. If you have other rabbit skulls, have you gone over them with a fine toothed comb to see if any parts look like a match or any areas that look different between one that is complete and the one that has the odd bits?
     
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  3. Yeah, I've compared a couple of skulls closely with each other, but I'm not 100% sure which ones have these and which ones don't. I've got one skull that's a bit mangled - I might cut the braincase of that one open to have a closer look at the inside.
     
  4. Wouter

    Wouter Member

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    Hi Caitlin,

    The bones in your first picture are indeed lacrimals. I just put some of those back in a hare skull I cleaned, but I cannot show you a picture because I cannot downsize them enough for this forum. If you PM me your Email adress I'll send you a picture directly. The other bone may come from inside the brain case, but it could also be a part of the last vertebra that came with the skull when the head was cut off.

    Wouter
     
  5. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Wouter, it will be a real loss on here if we can't see your amazing pictures. The site I am using now is postimage.org It is a free site and you can upload your larger scaled pictures and put links here and the pictures work great.
     
  6. Wouter

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    Thanks for the advice |Seawolf, I'll check it out. I made plenty of new skulls and skeletons of fish and birds and I would love to share them here. I had a online photoalbum for a while (not Photobucket) but after a month or two I could no longer acces it so it was worthless. I hope the one you suggested will be more reliable.

    Wouter
     
  7. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

  8. Wouter

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    I made a Postimage photoalbum, let's try to post a picture of a rabbit lacrimal here:

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  9. Wouter

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    Looks like this really works. Thanks for the advice Seawolf!

    Wouter