Animal Skeletal Remains... Anybody know from what animal?

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02 Oct 2012, 5:43 am

My father is working construction in Norway and he found skeletal remains under a house he's working on. I'm really curious to know what animal it could be, if anybody could help. The pictures aren't great, I know.

I'm thinking maybe it's from a Bulldog, Bulldog mix, a raccoon, or something.

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02 Oct 2012, 5:51 am

Looks a bit like a cat
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02 Oct 2012, 6:22 am

I also considered that, maybe a Persian because of the skull, but when I was googling I couldn't find a single picture of a cat skeleton/skull that looked like that. Maybe a Persian mix?


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02 Oct 2012, 6:31 am

How old is the house and where was the skeleton found?
In the olden days cat skeletons were buried under the doorstep to ward of evil (as far as I remember). I can´t find a reference at the moment, maybe later. We did that in Denmark, I guess Norway is the same


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02 Oct 2012, 6:40 am

On second thought... After studying the picture of the whole skeleton better, I'm almost positive that it's a cat.

I don't know how old the house is. I haven't spoken to my father for quite a while. We aren't even in the same country.
I have him on facebook and he posted this a couple of hours ago asking for help with identifying what animal this could be. It triggered my curiosity.


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02 Oct 2012, 7:49 am

What size is it? That looks like a very strong lower jaw and very large canines. Really, I'm sure that animal could kill a child. Unless the size dictates otherwise, I'd say it looks like a fighting type dog (Staffordshire bull terrier, for example).


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02 Oct 2012, 8:57 am

I'm not sure what breed it would be, but it looks like a cat.


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02 Oct 2012, 9:35 am

If it's a cat I'd say it's a Siamese, Rex or Sphynx breed judging by the profile of the snout and head.

I agree with MoP though, it's got large teeth for a cat.



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02 Oct 2012, 7:55 pm

Looks like a kitty to me, but those canines are aweful large for a feline :? .
I get several cats crawling under the porches to die. I'm working on cleaning and articulating a skeleton of a cat that has been under the porch before the previous owners of the house lived there. After articulating it, I want to make a powered exoskeleton for it.



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02 Oct 2012, 9:18 pm

It's not a cat.
The jaw is all wrong, and the teeth too large to be a cat.
The neck is too thick and connected to the head at a different angle than a cat's would be.
If you found the skeletons legs, I would put money that they are too short and thick to be those of a cat.


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02 Oct 2012, 9:26 pm

Looks like a cat to me,take it to a vet for a positive identification.I've seen dog skeletons but they were breeds with longer snouts.It could be a dog with a short snout.It does look like it could have torn a chunk out of something with those teeth.



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03 Oct 2012, 12:58 am

I don't think it's a cat. The teeth are too big, at least for a house cat. Perhaps a wild cat breed that lives in the area? Maybe a large rodent?


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03 Oct 2012, 5:11 am

A better picture of the skull would be helpful.

The domestic cat skeleton looks like this. they have smaller teeth than the one in your picture
http://cat-chitchat.pictures-of-cats.or ... atomy.html

Besides the domestic cat one species of cat is found in Norway. The European Lynx Lynx lynx
Skull can be seen here http://www.skullsunlimited.com/record_v ... hp?id=4625

Dog skeletons usually have longer snouts, or they can be one of the short nose breeds http://scientificillustration.tumblr.co ... 8440690333


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03 Oct 2012, 10:38 am

It looks like a grey hound to me.



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04 Oct 2012, 10:13 am

Chupacabra!

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