81 thoughts on “Vestiges: Seal Skull

  1. I love those ‘stitching lines’ between the bones of mammal skulls. They always seem so delicate for something which is so strong.

    1. Long time ago I heard from Anthropologist that there is
      a technique to separate those stitching line —– scientist
      fill the cavity with beans and soak the skull in the water =
      after few days all the junction would be slowly, perfectly
      separated. (though, I haven’t tested it yet πŸ™‚ )

  2. Amazing pictures, the detail in the sutures and general anatomy is fascinating. I’ve spent many hours looking at the brilliant anatomy drawings done by Leonado da Vinci. Your studies here follow a fine tradition. Fabulous! πŸ™‚

  3. Skull is The Object for the collection though, an artist who stole a skull from dug-up
    ditch (said to be a mass-grave of black death) started to have misfortune and it spread to the whole studio complex —– could be sheer coincidence still, I’m a bit scared to have one.

    1. Ooh, I don’t think I’d want a dug-up human skull lying around either. I think, perhaps, you might sense whether or not you should bring such a thing home… interesting…

  4. This is a wild find Karen. It reminds me of the time I found what looked to be a large molar on the beach. Guessing from the same animal.

      1. Yes. I have quite a collection.
        Sorry for the delay on my reply. I was only just able to see your reply in “notifications”.

  5. Lovely, even in death. I think the large spaces and the weblike structure (the underside of a mushroom?) inside the nasal cavity probably help with buoyancy. Well, this has turned into a scientific discussion.

      1. My favourite is a wombat, heavy and broad, but I also have a couple of sheep, different sized kangaroo skulls, a fox (long fangs!) and numerous unidentified bones. Whenever I am out in the bush I have my eyes on the ground, searching for that little white object. I envy your seal, but I guess there are different opportunities in different parts of the world!

  6. Hi Karen
    Id like to ask you permission to use the first picture on this post, as base for a non commercial photoshop “artwork”. Would you consider that? If you say yes I will of course credit you with name and refer to the original image as well as let you see and approve the image before I publish it on my blog. I you dont I fully understand.
    Best regards

  7. very interesting! i think i’m looking up its nose and i’m surprised at the network of what i think are conchae. in humans they look much more orderly.

  8. Fascinating structure. Have never seen anything quite like this before. Love the different angles and perspectives – so very sculptural!

  9. I’ve always been fascinated by the sculptural quality of bones of all sorts – and of their amazing strength and resilience relative to their size and weight. Beautiful shots!

  10. Ha, I thought I had clicked on Zygoma’s blog when I saw these – no bad thing that, but certainly not what I was expecting on these pages (though I have a dim memory of another skull shot of yours). Very nice shots, even if not your usual fare.

    Zygoma can be found here: http://paolov.wordpress.com/, it is worth a look.

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