Weekly curiosity: Cougar skull

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This is one of the coolest specimens in our collection: a cougar skull. It’s in good shape, but it’s missing its canine teeth. If its missing it’s canines, then what are those two large, pointed teeth? They are prosthetic canines made out of… Papier mâché. Which is a fancy term I am using for toilet paper and water molded into the shape of a tooth.

I love this skull and I wish I knew a little bit more about it — where it came from and how old the cougar was. A lot of the specimens in our collection were gifts given to my dad, which means I don’t know a lot about their origins. Many were gifts from his students, others from friends, and others from friends-of-friends who heard about the dude with the crazy skull collection.

One of the oddest gifts my dad received was a walrus baculum — I’ll let you google that for yourselves. Maybe it’s worthy of a weekly curiosity post of its own!

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