Mummified Razorbill skull (Alca torda)

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A partially mummified skull from a Razorbill Alca torda.

The razorbill is a colonial species that only comes ashore to breed. They are a species that pairs for life and have been recorded living up to 41 years. They breed in Northern countries from North America to Western Russia.

This skull is from a dead specimen found washed up on a beach. This skull has dried and become partially mummified on the beach. There is also damage to the back of the skull which might indicate that this was caught by a peregrine.

The skull length is 90mm.