dead things

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Note: if you are not comfortable, or you disagree with any of these things, don't look or comment. This blog isn't about fashion, or looking "cool", it's about appreciating the animal, even though it is now deceased - which different people do through different ways, be it skulls, pelts, soft mounts or headdresses.

Disclaimer: unless tagged "mine" none of the animals posted are mine.

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Hey, folks! I have exactly one wolf mask available in time for Halloween—and it’s a lovely one! Every so often I get a full or partial wolf pelt out of Canada that’s a beautiful golden color; one of my sources had just the head from one of these pelts, and it was perfect for mask-making despite some damage to the nose cartilage and muzzle. 

I was planning to put it on eBay on Tuesday, but I figured I’d let those of you following me get first crack at it. It’s $200 plus $20 for priority shipping (plus insurance and tracking) and yes, that does include free repairs and reshaping/reblocking. (Sorry, no sales to CA or NY or out of the US.) 

If there are no firm buyers today, it’ll go up on eBay as a Buy It Now listing Tuesday. Layaway will also be available starting Tuesday; I want to give people who want to buy it now for Halloween/etc. a chance first. And as with all my art, a portion of the sale of this mask will benefit a nonprofit that helps wildlife and their habitats; I have a few different organizations’ renewal notices sitting on my desk, too!

— 8 hours ago with 42 notes
#US  #fur  #mask  #lupus  #canine  #for sale  #*cries* 
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.


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!

— 8 hours ago with 345 notes
#bone  #bones  #interesting 


My raccoon skull collection keeps on growing ;P

Three different ages, they go in order from youngest to oldest

(via bigbootsandscaryeyes)

— 12 hours ago with 40 notes
#skulls  #comparison 





Why is taxidermy a thing? Like… why would i want a dead rabbit on my wall. Probably smelly too. 

why is anything a thing

why is people making posts about things they don’t like and tagging them with that thing so that the people who do like it and check that tag are sure to see it a thing

Wow what a jerk. Everyone has their own hobbies. If you dont want a mount then dont get one. Damn

Why is taxidermy a thing? The short version is “to preserve the hide of an animal in a lifelike manner”. Why?

—As a form of natural history specimen so that scientists, artists, and the general public are able to study the form of an animal up close and in three dimensions, including animals that they may never get to see in real life

—To provide a physical link to species that have gone extinct so we may continue to study them and learn from their extinction and our actions

—As an art form, sculpting hide over a form that approximates the musculoskeletal structure of a living animal to capture its appearance for aesthetic appreciation

—For historical purposes, particularly in the cases of the taxidermy of famous animals such as Trigger or Balto

And in case you think it’s just a “dead rabbit on the wall”, here, have some examples of taxidermy:











And if you think taxidermy is “smelly”, then you’re making it incredibly obvious that you know next to nothing about the subject.

— 15 hours ago with 322 notes
#taxidermy  #sigh 

Silver Fox Soft Mount I’m currently working on for a customer.
Still need to give the nose a moist look, as well as the eyes, and wait for the clay around the earbutts to dry.


Silver Fox Soft Mount I’m currently working on for a customer.

Still need to give the nose a moist look, as well as the eyes, and wait for the clay around the earbutts to dry.

(via tigerskinsandotherthings)

— 1 day ago with 112 notes
#canine  #vulpes  #taxidermy  #WIP 


Alaskan Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) with injuries from a porcupine

— 2 days ago with 126 notes
#canine  #vulpes  #skull  #pathology