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  • 10/30/10--13:46: Muskrat Pelt
  • Muskrat pelt with tail. Their fur is much like a beaver pelt, with smooth, glossy guard hairs and thick, downy underfur.


    Pelt purchased at the Feast of the Hunter's Moon in Lafayette, IN


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal and disagree with the killing of animals for sport or fashion. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/30/10--13:55: Muskrat Skull
  • Muskrat skull on a muskrat pelt (not from the same individual).


    Pelt and skull purchased at the Feast of the Hunter's Moon in Lafayette, IN


    Disclaimer: I did not kill either of these animals! If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/30/10--14:01: Virginia Opossum Pelt
  • Female possum pelt with tail and all four paws. The Virginia Opossum is North America's only marsupial.


    Oppossum found as roadkill and skinned and tanned by me



    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal and disagree with the killing of animals for sport or fashion. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/30/10--14:06: Virginia Opossum Skull
  • Possum skull with its 50 splendid teeth which makes it the animal with the most teeth out of all North American mammals. The Virginia Opossum is North America's only marsupial.


    Skull from *Zhon



    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/30/10--14:27: Jackrabbit Skull
  • Skull of a jackrabbit. You can see the four incisors in the upper jaw in this photo. The smaller pair is positioned directly behind the larger pair. For a more detailed picture of these teeth, please see here: [link]


    Skull from *Zhon



    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/30/10--14:28: Jackrabbit Incisors - Detail
  • A close-up view of the second pair of incisors in the upper mandible of a jackrabbit's mouth. This second pair of incisors that all rabbits, hares, and pikas have in their top mandible are one of the things that set Lagomorphs apart from Rodents. To see the whole jackrabbit skull, please see here: [link]


    Skull from *Zhon



    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/30/10--14:37: Cross Fox Pelt Face
  • My new female cross fox pelt. She has all four paws and claws and silky, beautiful fur. I will get more pictures of her at some point but the light just wasn't cooperating with me today.

    Purchased at the Yankee Peddler's Festival in Medina, OH


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal and disagree with the killing of animals for sport or fashion. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/30/10--14:44: Kit Fox Skull
  • Skull of a Kit Fox on the pelt of the same individual. To see the full pelt of this fox, please see here: [link]


    Kit Fox from taxidermy.net (this is not one of the endangered San Joaquin Kit Foxes from California)


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal and disagree with the killing of animals for sport or fashion. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/30/10--14:52: Snaggletooth - Bear Skull
  • A close-up of the well worn incisors of an aged Black Bear skull that I purchased recently. The interesting thing with this guy is that he is missing one of the small incisors in his lower jaw. While there are supposed to be six spanning the distance between the two fangs, there are only five. In the area where the one tooth is missing, there is instead one stunted, deformed tooth and one that is extra long that juts out and gives him his snaggletoothed appearance.


    Skull purchased at the Feast of the Hunter's Moon in Lafayette, IN



    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/30/10--14:59: Elderly Black Bear - Skull
  • An aged American Black Bear skull that I purchased recently. His skull has become thick and textured with age. I need to get some pictures of him side-by-side with my juvenile American Black Bear skull for comparison. For a photo of my younger bear skull on his own, please see here: [link]

    Skull purchased at the Feast of the Hunter's Moon in Lafayette, IN



    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/31/10--21:12: Marmalade Tabby Cat Pelt
  • Okay, now before you say anything, this was a feral cat that was found dead in the middle of the road. I could have just left him there and he would have been a cat pancake by the next morning, carelessly ground into the asphalt and forgotten. Instead, I took him home and turned him into something that could be respected and treasured for years to come.

    Also, I believe that he was a feral stray animal and not someone's pet because he was not neutered, his ears were packed with filthy earwax and dirt, his pawpads were well worn, his claws were cracked and abused, and he was utterly flea-ridden.

    Another thing worth mentioning is that any feral cats or house cats that are allowed to roam outdoors are a menace and a threat to native songbirds and other small, native animals. I know there are other factors that play into songbird populations but free-roaming cats are a large problem when it comes to preserving the numbers of our diminishing songbird numbers.

    Okay, all that aside, I admit I've been waiting to come across a stray roadkilled cat for quite some time now and was very pleased to find this fellow in the middle of the road while out for a joyride with my sister. She, being the willing and allowing sister that she is, let me pick up this cat as well as a young gosling that I found later on on our walk and stash them in our trunk until we got home.

    It was a little odd skinning such a large domesticated animal but I soon realized that under the fur and skin, all animals are pretty much the same and it became no different than if I had been skinning a squirrel or fox.

    He doesn't have the thickest fur but he is a unique and appreciated member of my pelts. He does have very beautiful patterning and the most adorable little paws though. I've been trying to come up with an appropriate street cat name for him that will honor the tough life he led during his living days but haven't been able to come up with anything yet. And the fact that one of my brothers frequently refers to him as "Pumpkin" doesn't exactly help matters either. :XD:



    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal and disagree with the killing of animals for sport or fashion. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/31/10--21:22: Autumn Fox Line Up
  • A picture of the four fox pelts I own. Top to bottom:

    Ari the Kit Fox
    Tarot the Cross Fox
    Miette the Red Fox
    Nikko the Arctic Fox


    Kit Fox from a seller in Arizona on taxidermy.net (this is not one of the endangered San Joaquin Kit Foxes from California)

    Cross Fox purchased at the Yankee Peddler's Festival in Medina, OH

    Red Fox and Arctic Fox pelts acquired from a taxidermist in Ridgeville, IN



    Disclaimer: I did not kill any of these animals and disagree with the killing of animals for sport or fashion. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/31/10--21:31: White-Tailed Deer Leg
  • Right hind leg of a white-tailed deer displayed on a kit fox pelt. Yes, it's weird, I know. At the same time, it is an excellent reference for drawing hoofed animals and... it only cost me $1.50. Doesn't get much better than that.

    I'm not really sure how this was preserved (it has the original bone in it still and everything) but it's pretty danged cool and the hoof looks to have been glossed with something to give it that nice shiny look. Also, that white area near the top of the leg that can be seen in the first picture is a metatarsal gland. I've read about them, seen them in pictures, but it's something else entirely when I'm able to see it up close and personal like this.

    Purchased at the Feast of the Hunter's Moon in Lafayette, IN


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal and disagree with the killing of animals for sport or fashion. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/31/10--21:38: Cross Fox Pelt - Tarot
  • A somewhat better picture of my Cross Fox pelt, Tarot. It's still not as nice as I'd like but it seems to be immensely hard to capture her in a photo with as much beauty that she possesses and exudes in person. Eh, I'll just have to try again during a future photo session, I guess.

    She is currently my largest fox pelt. To see her in a size comparison photo with my other foxes, please see here: [link]


    Purchased at the Yankee Peddler's Festival in Medina, OH


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal and disagree with the killing of animals for sport or fashion. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 10/31/10--21:49: Glamour Shot - Kit Fox Pelt
  • A picture of my Kit Fox pelt, Ari, out in the autumn sunlight today. I love this little guy.


    Kit Fox from taxidermy.net (this is not one of the endangered San Joaquin Kit Foxes from California)


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal and disagree with the killing of animals for sport or fashion. If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 11/04/10--17:50: FossilFeather's FAQ

  • I've been getting certain questions over and over and decided to finally compile a FAQ section to refer people to.  I've covered many of the basic questions I get as well as the ones concerning how to preserve animals but if I've forgotten something or if you have a specific question that hasn't been answered here, feel free to leave me a comment.

    :star: GENERAL QUESTIONS :star:

    Q. Where do you get all the things in your collection?

    A. I get them from a number of places including taxidermists, second-hand stores, colonial history events, but many of them are animals that were found as roadkill which I take home and preserve myself.

    Q. Why

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  • 11/07/10--14:25: Short-Tailed Shrew Pelt
  • The cute little pelt of my Northern short-tailed shrew which I believe to be female. I never realized how soft and luxurious shrew fur was before I had her. She's gorgeous and has the sweetest bitty little eyes.

    Her skull on the other hand isn't nearly as soft and adorable and was actually the star of my Halloween post this year: [link]:XD:


    Shrew killed by my dog and cleaned and preserved by me


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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    My new African Black-backed jackal pelt which is also known as the Silver-backed jackal. He is a full pelt with his paws and claws.

    Pelt from a taxidermist on eBay


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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    A better picture of my jackal's face. I love the bold black 'V' on his back and how fine and soft his fur is. It's kind of like a cross between fox and coyote fur. Another thing I find interesting is just how much his face resembles that of a common American coyote.

    Pelt from a taxidermist on eBay


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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  • 11/14/10--19:05: Short-Tailed Shrew Skull
  • The skull of my Short-tailed shrew, all cleaned up and nice looking. The reddish, chestnut coloring on the teeth is natural. This is the picture before it was cleaned: [link] It is a little under 1 inch long making it one of the smallest skulls in my collection and my only Insectivore skull. :)


    Shrew killed by my dog and cleaned and preserved by me


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! If you do not like what you see, don't look at it! Also, don't bother wasting your time leaving rude or pointless comments here, they will be ignored.

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