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EDIT:// Apparently, it's a type fo fish skull. Thanks for the help, every one :)

Okay, this bone is puzzling :/ I have no idea what kind of bone this is or what it belonged to. I found it in a Florida forest right by a pile of old armadillo bones. It's about 2 1/2 inches long. At first I thought it was some kind of skull, especially because of those lobes or whatever, like the underside of a cranium has, but then I realized, there's no nasal cavity or proper cheek bones. So then I thought, perhaps it's some kind of bird skull, and my dad suggested a snake, but it's neither those, too. A bird has much larger eye sockets that wouldn't be that close together, and it isn't like a snake skull. Soon after, I was wondering if maybe it was a breast bone from a bird, but there's too much on it to be a breast bone. I have no idea what kind of bone this could be or what it belonged to.

Does anybody else have any ideas or know what this is exactly? Any help at all would be great!

Thanks.

Oh, also, that white thing in the middle of the bone, where it looks like the eye sockets, that's a rock. It fell out while I was taking pictures (as seen in the bottom left image). There are still a couple more rocks in there.
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:icongobbistar:
Gobbistar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Photographer
THAT'S A FISH SKULL? Weird.
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:iconxdoglate:
xDoglate Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YAH O-o lol I thought it was some kind of reptile at first.
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CaptainSaviathan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i see someone mentioned it was a cat fish but they didnt say that the skull is actually upside down in all these pictures! catfish are bottom feeders and their flat heads help them get into the muck to get food! We have a bunch here in FL
some are edible!
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xDoglate Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes, I think someone actually had mentioned it, I just never fixed it lol Pretty cool, though, how a catfish skull is like that. It looks normal either way lol
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CaptainSaviathan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
yeah c:
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FrontierFurs Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
It's a catfish skull! In some places (especially here in Florida) you can find loads of them washed up on riverbanks. They are real common, but pretty neat looking for sure!
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:iconxdoglate:
xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess it lost a lot of the parts of the skull, if it is a catfish skull. I still wish I knew exactly how it got all the way out where I found it. I know birds can carry them off a ways, but about 15 - 20 minutes away (by car) from some of the nearest lakes? :shrug: Thanks for the information. :)
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FrontierFurs Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
That top part of the skull you have is the "boniest" part of the catfish, and all the rest is comprised of much smaller, more fragile pieces that fall away as the fish decomposes. Raccoons, foxes, birds, and other scavengers will often carry fish or other carcasses away to eat them in more secluded areas. I once found a dead fish in the middle of a field before, mostly eaten and hidden in a clump of low brush. There weren't any lakes or creeks around for a half mile or more!

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:iconxdoglate:
xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting! Well thank you so much for the clarification :)
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godzillafan2000 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
It came from a dragon
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:iconxdoglate:
xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha That would be amazing :3
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godzillafan2000 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Maybe my gallbadder
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the-ugliest-sweater Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know anything about skulls, but that is a very interesting one.
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:iconxdoglate:
xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, indeed. People have been telling me it's a fish skull, so that's pretty cool :D
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ihaveamooseinmyname Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOAH that's an amazing skull!! I'd definitely say a fish of some sort... but I don't deal with fish very much, so I couldn't tell you what kind :( Depending on the size, area you found it, and the salinity of the water nearby, you should be able to narrow it down considerably~
Good luck!
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xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, very much :D
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JaggedBobcatBones Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Or a fish skull

Fish are weird ._.

I've never been able to mess with a fish, usually they just get tossed
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xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought about some kind of pelvic bone or breast bone, but it didn't look right. I think it is some kind of fish skull. :)
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JaggedBobcatBones Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
some sort of pelvic bone?

I have a turkey bone that looks like a skull too, actually I gave it to my little brother, I can take pictures
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ZuuZombie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks just like my Sturgeon skull :0
Def a fish skull though if not Sturgeon
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xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I looked up a sturgeon skull on Google and it does look a lot like it, but not as broad as mine it. Thanks for the help :)
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ZuuZombie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm, maybe from an older individual? 
ah I don't know v o v;;; no problem though! Hope you find out
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xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Possibly, possibly :) Thanks.
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flying-cuttlefish Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a fish skull, though it's pretty hard to tell from what species exactly since fish bones are so fragile and the identifiable parts always break away.  This part specifically is the brain cavity and eye sockets.

Here's a diagram of fish bones so you can see where the skull lies. - library.thinkquest.org/C012440…
Here's a constructed fish skull with all the pieces - www.savalli.us/BIO370/Anatomy/…

I live by a beach in Maryland and have about three skulls just like this one.  :)
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xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very intriguing. Thanks for the help :) How funny that I find a fish skull in a forest, right where there's a pile of armadillo bones XD I looked at a bunch of fish skulls on Google, and these look the closest, however, there was no information about what those skulls were, eit1er.

www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/arc… One person claimed that this one was a conger eel or something, but when I looked that up, it looked nothing like it.

www.iloveshelling.com/blog/wp-… Then I found this one, which looks a lot alike as well, but no lobes like mine. The picture URL says something like bird-fish-skull, but nothing came up for that search lol

www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content… Lastly, someone commented here that my skull looks a lot like their stergeon fish skull, which it does, but mine doesn't look as long and narrow. www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content…

I just wonder what kind of fish it is. I mean, I found it in the forests of Florida about two hours away from any beaches, and still a little while from any lakes. I mean, I guess a bird could have carried one off from a lake, but nearly ten or twenty minutes (by car)? And, I have seen fish on the side of the road from people who had gone fishing, but this skull seems like the fish would be too small for someone to catch and keep. Another thing is maybe someone had a whole fish to eat for dinner or something, and a bear got a hold of their trash and dragged it about, but it still seems too small to eat and there was no trash around the area.

:shrug: I really wonder.
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BlueWolfCheetah Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awww dang CC beat me to it. Yep, it's a piece of a fish skull! 
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:iconxdoglate:
xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very intriguing. Thanks for the help :)
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CabinetCuriosities Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That's a piece of a fish skull.
Actually... the flat side is the upper one :)
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AtFirstPlush Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ditto. Used to see these on the east coast in NJ when I was a kid. Only ever the top of the skull. I think it's a kind of catfish.
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xDoglate Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very intriguing. Thanks for the help :) How funny that I find a fish skull in a forest, right where there's a pile of armadillo bones XD
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redandblackfennec Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student General Artist
might be some kind of vertebra
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