A few months ago I created a skeletal comparison of Dog, Fox, Badger and Cat bones, and in a similar vein I’ve been recently been working on a skeletal comparison of small mammals. When I was working on a site in Wales that probably had an owl nesting there during its disuse I realised how useful it would be to have a digital guide for quick reference when a small mammal bone needed identifying. Many mostly-fruitless hours of searching on the internet later I decided to put aside all the small mammal bones and take them back to Exeter to use the zooarchaeological reference collection there. During the identification process I made this guide for personal use and, considering how well-received my other comparative skeletal study was, I thought I would disseminate it for anyone to use!
The comparison can be found in pdf form here:
The species that I cover in this skeletal comparison are in the table below.
|European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus||Red Squirrel
|European Water Vole