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Fish Skull by xDoglate Fish Skull by xDoglate
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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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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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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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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