Keeping with last night’s theme of antemortem vs. perimortem injuries, here’s a couple more examples!
The top left skull is from a whitetail buck and it has a bullet hole in it. A killing shot. Notice how there is no sign of new bone growth around the injury, just clean fractures. That’s perimortem trauma.
The lower right skull is from another whitetail buck that sustained some puncturing injury, possibly a tine from another buck’s antlers or maybe an abscess. Notice the ‘bubbly’ look to the bone around the hole. That’s new bone growth, which shows this injury happened while the deer was still alive and that it lived long enough for the bone to begin to heal before it died. This is antemortem trauma.
I love stuff like this. :)