Peccary 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 Peccary or Javelina (Tayassu tajacu) an omnivorous animal, meaning it eats both plant and animal material. Their variety of diet means that omnivores, such as the peccary, have a range of medial features between carnivores and herbivore. As can be seen on the peccary skull the teeth at the front of the jaw have the sharp chopping incisors and the stabbing canines while the teeth grouped together at the back of the jaw have both cutting premolars and grinding molars. The position of the eye sockets is also medial as they do not have the range of a herbivore but are not as forward facing as a carnivore.