Archiv der Kategorie: Säugetiere

The kri-kri – a relict feral goat from the stone age of Crete

Goats were after dogs most probably the earliest animals which were domesticated by humans. This happened around 13,000 years ago in the Near East, when people started to keep and breed wild goats (Capra aegagrus) instead of just hunting them.  … Weiterlesen

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A new face for Dorudon – archeocetes with stubbly beards

As I already wrote a in an earlier blogpost, archaeocetes were most probably not the skull-headed pseudo-reptilian horrors as which they have  been usually depicted since Basilosaurus was discovered in the first half of the 19th century. Sadly this trend … Weiterlesen

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Shit happens part VIII – even more antler accidents

This will be – at least so far- the last post of the shit happens-series. Not surprisingly the photos come again from Danish Museum for Hunting and Forestry at Hørsholm. The featured luckless individuals are again roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). … Weiterlesen

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Shit happens part VII – disastrous missteps

The series comes gradually to its end. Once again this part includes deer, in this case roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), the most successful and in many areas also the last wild ruminant of Europe. Just again the featured cases come … Weiterlesen

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Shit happens part VI – crowned with barbed wire

Deer antlers are in my opinion one of the most bizarre organs among all mammals. A pair of bones sometimes surpassing the mass of the limb bones which grows annually in extremely short time out of the skull just to … Weiterlesen

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Shit happens part II – deadlock in a tree hole

This series will feature several kinds of accidents which include deer. So I make a break and go on with a marten. Like in the antlers from the first part of the series, the specimen comes from the Danish Museum … Weiterlesen

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Shit happens part I – when antlers get stuck and grown into trees

Sometimes animals – like humans -have just really bad luck and come into situations which lead to weird handicaps or even bizarre deaths. In this series I want to show some of those cases. Many of them are from one … Weiterlesen

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Photo of the day: Aye aye skull

It´s quite hot here at the moment and I have not much time to write a more extensive blogpost, so here´s a photo of an aye aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) skull in all its weirdness. The photo was taken at the … Weiterlesen

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The shoulder horn of Dürer´s marvelous Rhinocerus – revealing a 501 year old mystery beast

The woodcut of Albrecht Dürer´s „Rhinocerus“ is certainly one of the most iconic animal depictions of the Renaissance. Dating from 1515, a time when books about natural history still usually showed wild mixes of real animals and fully fantastic beings … Weiterlesen

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Photo of the day: Ghastly tenrec taxidermy

For some reason tenrecs are especially prone to become extremely ghastly taxidermy specimens, at least if you look at the older ones. I just planned to cover them on occasion on the blog. So here is a specimens I saw … Weiterlesen

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