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How do you identify an animal skull?

The most effective means of identifying a skull to species is with the use of a dichotomous key. A dichotomous key allows a person, through a series of questions, to identify an organism to species by process of elimination. Plants, fish and even skulls can be identified using this method.

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Just so, what can skull structures tell us about an animal?

It's What's Inside that Counts. Skulls can tell us many things - what the animal ate, if it was an herbivore, omnivore, or a carnivore. Skull characteristics such as eye placement, teeth types (dentination), and jaw structure, can help tell us if the animal was a predator or prey.

Furthermore, what does a squirrel skull look like? Squirrel skulls are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Squirrels, like other rodents, have unusual teeth. At the very front of a squirrel's head are a few very long, sharp incisors. The squirrel wears its incisors down gnawing through hard things, but they grow fast to keep up with the wear.

In this way, what does a fox skull look like?

Fox skulls are around 14cm long and are more sleek and flat than badger skulls, with larger eye sockets. The top of the fox skull is flat with a small dip at the start of the nose.

What does a raccoon skull look like?

Raccoon skulls are rounded and smooth on top. You may see sutures, bumps, and a faint central ridge but nothing like the two distinctive ridges on foxes.

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