The tumblr of Shadyufo. Here you will find dead stuff, art, and dead stuff AS art! As well as a dash of my pets and any wildlife I encounter.

 


lindaellell submitted: I’m thinking of implementing this gorgeous bird skull into a painting. I wish I knew what bird he is, found him on the beach in the sand.
My Tumblr: http://lindaellell.tumblr.com/

Beautiful skull! I’m not the best at IDing birds but that has a lot of markers of some sort of bird of prey (hooked beak and especially large eye sockets) and if that’s the case and you live in the US then unfortunately you can’t legally keep it. Pretty much all native birds in the United States except for a few game birds and non-natives like European House Sparrows and Starlings are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Per that act, you can’t possess any part of them, be it egg shell, shed feather, or bones. 
Still it’s a great opportunity to take some nice reference photos before you turn it back over to nature or to a local nature center that might like to have it!
Thank you for the submission! 

lindaellell submitted: I’m thinking of implementing this gorgeous bird skull into a painting. I wish I knew what bird he is, found him on the beach in the sand.

My Tumblr: http://lindaellell.tumblr.com/

Beautiful skull! I’m not the best at IDing birds but that has a lot of markers of some sort of bird of prey (hooked beak and especially large eye sockets) and if that’s the case and you live in the US then unfortunately you can’t legally keep it. Pretty much all native birds in the United States except for a few game birds and non-natives like European House Sparrows and Starlings are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Per that act, you can’t possess any part of them, be it egg shell, shed feather, or bones. 

Still it’s a great opportunity to take some nice reference photos before you turn it back over to nature or to a local nature center that might like to have it!

Thank you for the submission! 



spookients submitted: Was found somewhere in Washington I believe. I forget which trail. A friend stumbled upon it and brought it back to me.

Thank you for any input. :)

Hmmm, that’s a tough one! Looks like a humerus from a young animal (the end caps never fused so they are missing which indicates it was a juvenile) so based on the size and shape my vote would be for deer. Hard to be certain though. Neat find!  

Anonymous asked
If lower jaw bones are fused together, why do they come apart in decomp?

The lower mandibles of many species aren’t actually fused together by bone but are connected by cartilage called the mandibular symphysis. The jawbones of cows, all dogs, all cats, all deer, opossums, mustelids, rodents, and many others are held together by this fibrous material so when it rots away via decomp the mandible halves seperate. All of the jawbones pictured are held together only by glue.

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Some animals do have jawbones where the bone itself is fused together though. Pigs, apes (including humans!), badgers, horses and a few others all have fused lower jawbones which won’t come apart after decomp.

But early in life the two halves of these species’ mandibles are still held together by cartilage like other animals. As they mature bone takes the place of the cartilage and the two halves become fused. 

Here’s an adult pig vs. a piglet. See how the jawbones become fused?

As far as I’ve been able to tell no one really knows why some animals are this way and some aren’t. Could be based on diet and the bite force required to eat certain things. Here’s an interesting little article about it all!

princess-mayflower asked
Hello again! More questions, do you know of any other vultures in Ontario, or Canada? I absolutely love your grab bags with feathers and bones but can't get any :( I was wondering if you knew of anyone in Canada that had similar things for sale? Also any Ontario vultures that would want to meet up I'd be more than willing! Thanks again :)

Hey there! Hope you don’t mind if I publish your ask (if you do just let me know!) but I thought you might get a better response if I made this public. I know of lots of Canadian collectors but I’m not sure who has stuff for sale! 

Any of you rad Canadian Vultures want to chime in here? :) 

Quick, someone buy this cute little twerp before his listing expires! Roadkill squirrel skull for sale HERE in my Etsy shop! Only $4.50!

Quick, someone buy this cute little twerp before his listing expires! Roadkill squirrel skull for sale HERE in my Etsy shop! Only $4.50!

Here are the answers for this guessing game! I’ve already contacted the individual that came the closest to getting them all right so they’ll be getting some goodies soon.
Most of these are pretty obscure but you guys all did a great job! Thanks for playing! I’ll have more guessing games soon and I’m creeping up on a big number of followers so I’ll be having a big giveaway to celebrate that too! :)

Here are the answers for this guessing game! I’ve already contacted the individual that came the closest to getting them all right so they’ll be getting some goodies soon.

Most of these are pretty obscure but you guys all did a great job! Thanks for playing! I’ll have more guessing games soon and I’m creeping up on a big number of followers so I’ll be having a big giveaway to celebrate that too! :)

I set out some feet and toes for reference for my illustrations today and I thought a little guessing game might be fun!
A few are pretty obscure but can anyone guess what they are all from? I’ll give you until tomorrow night (9/17) and if anyone does get them all right (or whoever comes the closest) then I’ll send you FIVE random little bags of natural curiosities from the grab bags in my shop!
If you aren’t in the US I’ll still send you five bags but they’ll be fossil or mineral specimens and won’t contain any modern animal parts.
Just reblog this post with your guesses!
Good luck!

I set out some feet and toes for reference for my illustrations today and I thought a little guessing game might be fun!

A few are pretty obscure but can anyone guess what they are all from? I’ll give you until tomorrow night (9/17) and if anyone does get them all right (or whoever comes the closest) then I’ll send you FIVE random little bags of natural curiosities from the grab bags in my shop!

If you aren’t in the US I’ll still send you five bags but they’ll be fossil or mineral specimens and won’t contain any modern animal parts.

Just reblog this post with your guesses!

Good luck!