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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--21:31: 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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    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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  • 11/22/09--12:14: Eastern Chipmunk Skull
  • Skull from an Eastern chipmunk. From tip of nose to back of skull, it only measures about an inch and a half long.

    It was the victim of a cat attack and was later 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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  • 11/22/09--12:19: Squirrel And Chipmunk Skulls
  • Skull comparison of a fox squirrel and an Eastern chipmunk. The chipmunk skull measures just over an inch and a half long.

    The furs in the background are from a chipmunk (same specimen as the skull) and a fox squirrel (different specimen).

    Fox squirrel skull from an animal found dead in a tree and cleaned and preserved by me
    Fox squirrel pelt from a covered bridge festival
    Chipmunk skull and pelt was the victim of a cat and cleaned, skinned, tanned, and preserved 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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  • 11/22/09--12:23: Kangaroo Pelt
  • Kangaroo pelt with tail.

    Pelt from 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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  • 11/22/09--12:27: Fur - Wolf
  • A close up of the fur on my wolf pelt. This is a shot of the long fur on his neck. The guard hairs on his shoulder patch measure six inches in length. I love the slightly purple tint that his undercoat has. :love:

    Wolf from a taxidermist


    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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  • 11/22/09--12:34: Tree Wolf
  • A picture of my white wolf pelt posed in a tree.

    Wolf from a taxidermist


    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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  • 11/22/09--12:38: Hind Paws And Tail - Wolf
  • The hind paws and tail of my white wolf pelt.

    Wolf from a taxidermist


    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--15:57: 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--16:09: 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--16:59: Bontebok Tail
  • Close up shot of the tail on my Bontebok pelt. The tail has very course hair and is not soft at all. The pelt beneath it is a Gemsbok (aka Oryx) and it is the coarsest haired pelt that I own.

    Bontebok from eBay
    Gemsbok from *Zhon


    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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  • 12/07/09--13:49: Mallard Duckling - Jefferey
  • This is my new Mallard duckling, Jefferey. :heart:

    He died of natural causes back in 2006 and has been freeze dried for preservation.

    Duckling 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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  • 03/30/10--12:25: Fleshing And Tanning
  • More shots of in-progress tanning. The first picture is a better depiction of how to hold the knife during the fleshing process. Lengthy description of that can be read here: [link]

    The lower picture is the same hide (black coyote) after it's been completely fleshed, degreased, and soaked in the pickle bath (noticeable at the left hand side of the picture) for an additional 24 hours.

    I use McKenzie tan and oil for the final steps. The tan is applied to a towel squeeze-dried hide and after that has all soaked in (about 12-24 hours), I apply the oil that I mix in with some hot water. I apply both the tan and the oil with the paintbrush seen in the photo.

    As the oil soaks in and the hide begins drying out, I begin working the hide to soften it and continue to do this on and off until the hide is completely dry and I am pleased with the softness and flexibility of the leather.

    Any questions, just ask. :)

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    Ari again, my handsome little Kit fox. In some places, his fur is softer than a rabbit's. :love:


    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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  • 04/11/10--09:11: Skull Preservation Tutorial
  • I was asked to upload this as an actual deviation so that it was more easily accessible. Like I state at the beginning of this how-to, there are many ways to reach your objective in taxidermy, this is just my way of doing things and I thought I'd share them with you since I've had many requests for this type of knowledge. :)

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    I've been asked multiple times how I go about cleaning and preserving the skulls that I find so I've decided to put together a sort of FAQ/how-to regarding this subject.  Please keep in mind that there is more than one "right" way to achieve things in the realm of taxidermy.  This is just the way I do my skulls/bones.  :)

    You will need:

    Plastic bag for picking up your treasure
    A good sized flower pot
    An ant hill (if possible)
    Disposable plastic gloves
    Nice sized metal pot kept solely for boiling skulls/bones
    Plastic container for soaking the skull/bones in
    Hydrogen peroxide 3%-7%
    Small pokey thing for helping remove brain bits and other yuc

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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--14:28: 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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