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Deformed bear skull, need your opinion!!!!

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Northern Skulls, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. This is a bear head that i had given to me from a local taxidermist that was shot a few years ago, it was skun out and thats all, it looked a little strange to me at first, then i had my beetles clean it, and WOW, what happened to this poor guy??? It is an older bear i believe, just hard to tell for sure, the picture of the whole head shows how tight the jaw goes closed, and the teeth that are in it, are all that were there, the one canine that was there is very small. Let me know what opinions you all have on this weird specimen i have!!
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  4. Good God! Looks like some horrible bone disease.
  5. mahatma

    mahatma Vertex

    It almost looks like sea coral. They are using coral to fight Osteoporosis now. Just a random guess but I wonder if he somehow had a calcium deficiency. Normally I think it is the marrow of the bone that looks that away with osteoporosis. If that is the case something has eaten away the periosteum.
  6. Taxidermy Nutt

    Taxidermy Nutt yup, i can b cray-Z!

  7. I have seen that in a lesser degree in badgers. I think it is from an infection such as would result from an abscessed tooth.
  8. wow poor guy it musta hurt!
  9. Yeah, maybe a gunshot wound that got infected.
  10. maybe a shotgun blast to the jaw?
  11. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman $90 for your fur made into trapper hat or mitts!

    The lower jaw looks as tho it was broken and healed at some point in time, it then got infected and the resulting bone/calcium growth resulted. I've had a few old wolves with that type of growth (to a much lesser extent) on them. I'd be cleaning up and keeping that skull if possible :) Where is Wacbravo when ya need him! lol
  12. AndyB

    AndyB New Member

    Wow that is a weird specimen. I know when an animal gets to a certain age the bone starts to become more sponge like, but this is extreme. Had to have a bone disease.
  13. Ya, i was kinda leanin twards a calcium prob, but the gunshot sounds possible too. The skull is actually bigger than it looks, each side on the lower jaw are about 2 inches across, the head is 12 to 13 in long. Thanks for sharing your opinions so far, keep em coming!!
  14. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    I would side with Wolfwoman. Either a serious infection or the beginnings of cancer. It must have been in some serious pain. Fortunately someone put an end to it's suffering and didn't even know it. I would definitely be keeping that one.
  15. I am keepin it, the taxi didn't want it anyway, just was gonna put it up for display, but when i showed him, he was gonna toss it, so i kept it!!
  16. *

    * Liberalism IS A MENTAL ILLNESS !

    Elephant man disease, in a bear.
    That would bring a Lot of interest to biologists.
  17. lorefuma

    lorefuma Member

    for me is effect of actinomycosis (or actinogranulomatosis).
    I've see it in a roe deer and in a cow.
  18. Any scientists out there with any ideas?
  19. jasonb

    jasonb I think I'll keep her

    I was thinking the very same thing.
  20. sluggunner

    sluggunner New Member

    dork bear?