7) What is your favorite skull in your collection?
This is the hardest question on this list, haha. I can’t pick just one so here’s a few favs.
Capybara skull. I found him on ebay a few years ago in a lot of other skulls for a super low buy it now price. It belonged to a biologist that lived in Florida and after he passed away many of his belongings were sold in an online estate sale. I love the coloration on this skull. Only one side has that brown coloring so I’m betting that he laid out on a riverbank for a while before being picked up.
My Jacob’s Rams! Love these dudes.
Old male rottweiler, bulldog, and the skull from a monster black male wolf. That skull is right at a foot long. The wolf was trapped in Alaska and the skull was going to be thrown away until I inquired about it. I love getting to salvage skulls like that.
Hank the Tank (draft horse) and Yogi the Miniature Horse.
It’s very hard to not post more because pretty much all of my skulls are favorites for various reasons. They each have their own story. :)
6) Dream skull?
Fancifully, because I’ll never be able to afford real or legal ones:
Bull Megaloceros skull
Killer whale skull
Woolly Mammoth skull (I love me some Pleistocene megafauna in case it wasn’t obvious)
But more realistically, a big African lion skull, a spotted hyena skull, and a Chinese water deer skull.
4) What sort of collection do you have? is it mostly skulls? or do you have pelts, wet specimen, or taxidermy pieces?
My collection mainly consists of skulls and bones. They are my favorite thing to collect but I also have a variety of feathers, teeth, fossils, fur samples, and other odds and ends. Picture time!
The Wall of Skulls. It’s not super pretty but it’s sturdy as hell so I don’t have to worry about any of the shelves falling (which I’ve had happen with other units and that sucks so bad). There are almost 200 skulls here.
More skulls and loads of jars of fossils, teeth, mineral specimens, feathers, and so on.
A few of my favorite feathers. These are all legal to possess. Impeyan, Temminck’s tragopan, chukar, peacock pheasant, peacock, golden pheasant, Lady Amherst pheasant, oscellated turkey, turkey, silver pheasant, vulturine guinea fowl, Amazon parrot, and ringneck pheasant.
Little things in my letterpress coffee table!
Some of my favorite fossils. Sperm whale teeth, whale and porpoise ear bones, megalodon teeth (the biggest one is about five and a half inches long) alligator ribs, tapir teeth, dolphin teeth, ammonites, and so on.