Juvenile puffin skull (Fratercula arctica)


This is a nice example of a real puffin skull Fratercula arctica. It was from a specimen found on a beach and has been cleaned and prepared. There has been a bit of damage to the skull as it is missing the jugal, quadrate and pterygoid on the right side, however they are all present on the left. I believe that this damage was from predation.

The beak sheathes (rhamphotheca) are still present although as they are not well developed or highly coloured, this may well have been a juvenile.

The skull measures 7.8cm long.

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