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!
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!
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.