So I’m going to start the week off with something of an oddity. This skull was sold to me as an “African tayra”, which is wrong on two points: one, that the tayra is a mustelid native to Central and South America, not Africa, and that I’m 99% sure this is a greater grison (Galictis vittata) skull. The tayra has a pronounced sagittal crest, which this is lacking, and the sinuses under the brain case match a grison, not a tayra. I’d actually never heard of either of these animals until I got the skull and started researching; both are legal to trade in in the U.S.
The other weird bit? Look at the lower jaw in the last picture. This guy’s got a weirdly snaggletoothed underbite, and the left side of the mandible is shorter than the right, looks to be congenital rather than from an injury. The critter seems to have done alright for itself despite it, though.
Either way, it’s a neat new addition to my collection (which has suddenly grown by a few pieces in the past couple of months thanks to a couple of lucky coincidences).