30 November 2010

A skull only to be photographed

While searching for Pomatiopsis lapidaria in a wooded park last Saturday, we encountered a more or less intact and articulated deer skeleton. The skull with a pretty impressive set of antlers was still attached to the spine. Even the lower jaw was still in place.

I considered taking the skull home. However, it was not entirely clean. There were skin and dried tissue remnants covering parts of it; the cleaning operation would be quite messy and smelly. Besides, we were in a federal park and the removal of the skull would have been illegal. If I had had a large enough bag with me, I might have...but anyway.

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