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  • 11/14/10--19:23: Taxidea Taxus - Badger Pelt
  • My new American badger pelt. I am in love with him. :love: He's one of those pelts that are just so easy to fall in love with. He's 34 inches of thick, soft fur with heavily clawed paws and that ridiculously adorable stripey face. On his underside, he has two dark brown dots on his chin (kind of like the chin dots on Free Willy) and he has a pale colored streak running along his belly too.

    I'll get some better pictures of him at some point since this one's not that great and it doesn't show any of his paws or sweet little, brushy tail.


    Purchased on eBay from a seller in South Dakota


    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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  • 12/24/10--07:47: SUE - Merry Christmas 2010
  • I'd really like to say that this gorgeous creature is a part of my natural history collection, but... that would be a lie. ;)

    I recently had a unique opportunity to photograph Sue, the Field Museum's Tyrannosaurus Rex after normal museum hours and with beautiful dramatic lighting. I have seen her many times before and have long wanted to get awesome pictures of her. Alas, normally when I am there, the place is teeming with children and other visitors and they always end up getting in the way when I try to take pictures. This time though, I had no other people to contend with and as an added bonus, the lights! :D

    I had to compile a little collage because I couldn't pick just one photo. So, I hope you enjoy this and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas this year. :holly:


    SUE is the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex ever discovered and was unveiled in May 2000. Her skeleton (the real one not the cast) is currently residing at The Chicago Field Museum.

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  • 01/26/11--18:06: Sharp-Tailed Grouse Pelt
  • Pelt of a female Sharp-Tailed Grouse, also known as the "fire bird" or "fire grouse" by the Native American Indians because of this species' reliance on brush fires to keep their prairie habitat open.


    Purchased on eBay from a seller in South Dakota


    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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    Welcome to the den of FossilFeather.  I have been interested in animals and the natural world since I was very small and I love getting up close and personal with them.  Collecting bones, furs, feathers, leaves, and such has provided me a way of keeping nature close to study, enjoy, and learn from.

    Around the end of this past summer, I wanted a place to share my collection with others, see their collections, and discuss our interests for our natural treasures as well as the tricks and techniques we use to preserve them.  This account has successfully provided everything I was hoping for and I hope to continue to enjoy my time here.

    I have a

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  • 11/29/09--11:27: My Natural Collection List

  • This is the compiled list of the various items in my collection arranged into basic taxonomy.  I don't yet have pictures for all the items but I plan to get that accomplished as soon as I can.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  :)

    :star: MAMMALS :star:

    :bulletgreen: INFRACLASS: METATHERIA :bulletgreen:

    :bulletred: ORDER: Didelphimorphia :bulletred:

    :bulletblue: FAMILY: Didelphidae

    Didelphis virginiana

    Virginian Opossum skull: http://fossilfeather.deviantart.com/art/Virginia-Opossum-Skull-184466389?q=gallery%3AFossilFeather%2F11491297&qo=12

    Virginian Opossum pelt: http://fossilfeather.deviantart.com/art/Virginia-Oposs

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  • 11/30/09--15:52: Coyote Mohawk
  • This is my new coyote pelt. She was found as roadkill and brought home, skinned, and tanned by me.

    She has the thickest fur I've seen on a coyote yet and there's this glorious ridge of fur that starts about the back of her head and runs all the way down to the base of her tail. :love:


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! It was found already dead on the side of the road where it would have simply rotted away to nothing. 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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  • 11/30/09--15:57: Coyote Paws
  • These are the paws of my new coyote pelt. All her claws and toes have been kept intact.


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! It was found already dead on the side of the road where it would have simply rotted away to nothing. 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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  • 11/30/09--16:06: Three Yotes
  • My three coyote pelts. From left to right: Kestrel, my new coyote, and Kyoht.

    Kestrel's guard hairs are thin and flexible which makes her coat very soft. My new coyote has lots of nice, stiff guard hairs covering a thick layer of underfur and has a rather flashy tail too. :D Specimen-wise, she's my best coyote. :)

    Kyoht was my first coyote as well as my first pelt. He's been all over the place and has gone through so much with me. His fur and tail never were particularly striking but the wear from all the lovings that he's received over the six years I've had him does show. :heart:


    Kyoht and Kestrel from a taxidermist
    New coyote found as roadkill and skinned and tanned by me


    Disclaimer: I did not kill 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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  • 11/30/09--16:09: New Coyote - Tanned
  • My new female coyote pelt. She was found as roadkill and I skinned her and took her through the tanning process so her skin is now a nice soft leather made to last for years to come.

    She's quite the looker and I compliment her almost every time I come into the room or walk past her. :heart:


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! It was found already dead on the side of the road where it would have simply rotted away to nothing. 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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  • 12/01/09--19:53: Young Raccoon Pelt
  • This is Squeakers, the young raccoon that I found as roadkill this past July. He was the second animal that I skinned (first was a baby mouse).

    He was the first and the last raccoon I'm going to pick up. I've since learned that most raccoons carry a certain type of roundworm in their intestines and feces that can infect humans and there is no cure. The chances of getting aren't that great (you have to actually ingest it), but I'd rather not mess with the risks and just play it safe. My next raccoon pelt will be purchased from a taxidermist. :)


    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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  • 12/01/09--19:57: Stowaway - Deer And Chipmunk
  • My Eastern chipmunk skull perched on the entrance to my white-tailed doe skull's nasal cavity.

    Both skulls found and cleaned by me


    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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  • 04/18/10--07:57: Fur - Groundhog
  • A close up shot of the grizzled fur around Murphy's shoulder area where it is at its longest. Compared to my other pelts, his fur is rather course and, while he does have an undercoat, it is neither as thick nor as downy as it is in my other pelts.

    Regardless, the fur does have a good gloss to it as well as some nice, rich colors which makes Murphy a very handsome boy. :)


    Groundhog found as roadkill and skinned and tanned by me



    Disclaimer: I did not kill either of this animal! It was found already dead. 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--21:38: 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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    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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  • 11/30/09--15:52: Coyote Mohawk
  • This is my new coyote pelt. She was found as roadkill and brought home, skinned, and tanned by me.

    She has the thickest fur I've seen on a coyote yet and there's this glorious ridge of fur that starts about the back of her head and runs all the way down to the base of her tail. :love:


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! It was found already dead on the side of the road where it would have simply rotted away to nothing. 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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  • 11/30/09--15:57: Coyote Paws
  • These are the paws of my new coyote pelt. All her claws and toes have been kept intact.


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! It was found already dead on the side of the road where it would have simply rotted away to nothing. 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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  • 11/30/09--16:06: Three Yotes
  • My three coyote pelts. From left to right: Kestrel, my new coyote, and Kyoht.

    Kestrel's guard hairs are thin and flexible which makes her coat very soft. My new coyote has lots of nice, stiff guard hairs covering a thick layer of underfur and has a rather flashy tail too. :D Specimen-wise, she's my best coyote. :)

    Kyoht was my first coyote as well as my first pelt. He's been all over the place and has gone through so much with me. His fur and tail never were particularly striking but the wear from all the lovings that he's received over the six years I've had him does show. :heart:


    Kyoht and Kestrel from a taxidermist
    New coyote found as roadkill and skinned and tanned by me


    Disclaimer: I did not kill 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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  • 11/30/09--16:09: New Coyote - Tanned
  • My new female coyote pelt. She was found as roadkill and I skinned her and took her through the tanning process so her skin is now a nice soft leather made to last for years to come.

    She's quite the looker and I compliment her almost every time I come into the room or walk past her. :heart:


    Disclaimer: I did not kill this animal! It was found already dead on the side of the road where it would have simply rotted away to nothing. 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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  • 12/01/09--15:55: Fischer's Lovebird - Skull
  • A Fischer's Lovebird skull displayed on a piece of zebra hide. That red bill cover gave me issues... Still I'm lucky to have some of it rather than none at all.


    Skull taken from a friend's parrot after it passed away
    Zebra from *Zhon


    Disclaimer: 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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