photo: I should have taken
a close look at the underside of this bone. I now clearly see vertebrae.
SUPPOSED this piece to be a skull. But what
It was delicate and light weight. I looked up mammal skulls online and
found nothing with this "latticework" look. Buta biologist
in the United Kingdom, Will Higgs, knew.
His answer threw me for a loop! (see right)
Thanks, Will, for solving my mystery!
(check out Will's
Skull Page online)
University of York, UK
replied to my query about indentifying this as a mammal skull:
You can't identify which skull it is - because
it isn't a skull !
It is the synsacrum of a bird - roast yourself a chicken and have a
look at the bones of its rear end. The synsacrum is a set of fused bones
including the pelvis. The sockets which look a bit like eye sockets
are the hip joints.
It is very difficult to say which species it comes from without a reference
collection. Try asking a local park warden or naturalist.