Tiger Skull

The museum houses a variety of different mammalian skulls which are great teaching aids for topics such as eco-morphology, by comparing the different shapes and sizes of homologous structures between species of differing ecology.

Below is the skull of a tiger (Panthera tigris), a voracious carnivore with large, penetrating and grasping teeth as well as thin slicing teeth. The use and efficacy of these predatory weapons are facilitated by large jaw muscles which require large attachment areas on the skull and extra space to pass beneath the cheek bones. The position of the eye sockets is also typical of a predator, with their forward facing position they allow good depth perception and the ability to focus on individual prey.

This morphology can be compared to that of a herbivore or omnivore skull.