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Rodent & Shrew Skulls. Got a little jar full of them up for grabs here in the shop!

Rodent & Shrew Skulls. Got a little jar full of them up for grabs here in the shop!

Anonymous asked: So I live in Canada and have been obsessing over your water themed curiosity collection but noticed it only ships to the states. If I purchase it, is there any possible way to ship it to Canada, even if I paid extra postage for it?

Hey there! Thank you so much for your interest in that piece. It was a fun one to put together. :)

Unfortunately I don’t ship animal parts internationally. To do so here in the United States I would have to get a license from US Fish & Wildlife Services, pay a user fee for each package, and go through a broker to ship it from an authorized border port. I believe that the average total for all of these fees and shipping generally runs around $200-250 per package.

Here is the page on the US Fish & Wildlife Services site that explains all you have to do to ship animal parts internationally or import them from another country.

Wildlife parts includes not only bones, skulls, and furs but also parts from or made with crustaceans, insects, and other invertebrates. So that includes sea shells which are also in that curiosity collection.

Some domestic animal parts can be shipped internationally (so long as they didn’t originate in the wild) but I still usually just stick to US sales for all animal parts.

I can and do ship fossil and mineral specimens internationally though! So if you are interested in any of those specimens in the shop (I’ve got a couple of big trilobites, some fossil shark teeth, jars of fossils from my creek, and so on) I will be glad send them your way!

Thank you again for the interest and I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

Anonymous asked: Do you know of any good animal anatomy reference books or anything? I see so many doing articulations and all that good stuff or even just picking bones from pellets. It would be nice to know and recognize what bones are whAt :3

I always highly recommend that anyone interested in skeletons and articulations pick up at least one of Lee Post’s Bone Building Manuals. I have the small mammals, canine, and moose books and they are really stellar reference guides. I’m hoping to get some of the others soon!

As far as skull IDing goes, Animal Skulls by Mark Elbroch is the skull reference Bible as far as I’m concerned. For North American species at least. It’s an excellent book that’s full of hundreds of photos and illustrations.

And personally, I’ve adored Cyclopedia Anatomicae by Gyorgy Fehér and András Szunyoghy for years, so much so that I have two copies! It’s an artist’s reference book and covers human anatomy as well but it also has scads of illustrations of dog, cat, lion, horse, deer, pig, cow, and other animal bones and skeletons. Good way to learn what a lot of different bones look like.

There are some others out there (and hopefully one of these days I’ll get my own little mini guide finished!) but as far as learning what bones are what just familiarize yourself with basic anatomy (skull, mandible, scapula, cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, humerus, femur and so on) and then start to learn what animals are native to your area. Then do a lot of internet research! Search for photos of your native animals and what their bones look like and start studying!

So when you find a medium-sized jawbone with twelve sharp little teeth in it and you know that you have opossums in your area then you can bet that you’ve just found an opossum jawbone. Or if you find a large, triangular-shaped scapula and you know deer are native to your region then you have likely just found a deer scapula!

Hope that helps, Anon!

Bone sorting is very exciting work, haha. These are mouse, vole, and shrew bones.

I forgot to post pics of this boy all finished up! This is another skull my awesome farrier brought for me. It’s from a Polish Arabian horse and he was only around four years old when he died of natural although unknown causes.

The dogs of the lady that owned him gnawed part of his left orbit and the tip of his nasal bones off but he’s in great shape other than that. Love those fangs!

Horse Howl

Horse Howl

Pretty little collection of oddities. For sale in my Etsy shop!