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What's this Skull? by Shamans-Yoik What's this Skull? by Shamans-Yoik
The skull, marked with '?', the one in the top left image.

This is the first skull I ever owned, Coyote. I got it at a powwow, VERY long ago, I was like 14 when I got this particular skull. I had never actually moved it around a ton, it's been sitting on my desk a LOOONG time (in my old room at my mom's house)

I brought it home today and It's been about a year since I've held it, now looking at it... it doesn't look like a coyote skull at all....
It's a lot more.... robust. broader snoot, much thicker in the jaw and in the muzzle. The skull is generally more rounded and less pointy than the other 2 coyote I have on hand. The shape is just REALLY different..

Teeth look identical, but it just looks off....
Does anyone have any idea on this guy?

I'm thinking it might be some kind of coy-dog or domestic dog... It's a little troubling to think I got this at a powwow and I was sold something like this and it was not genuine....
I mean... It totally could've been a mistake... But I'm pretty sure this is not a pure coyote....

Anybody have any ideas?
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grygon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dog. plain dog.
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TieWolf Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting - if its very very old and you happen to know the age of it, could be a coyote but evolution does happen. :P I have no idea though, I'm not particularly knowledgeable on skulls. haha
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Minotaur-Queen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Its a coyote.

Without knowing exactly what part of the US it came from it can be hard.

Here in WA there is even alot of width/heavyness variation in our coyotes..

For example: [link]

The left most coyote and two right most coyotes are typical Females/smaller males while skulls #2 and #3, are Much wider and more mature. This characteristic is much more exagerated in coyotes from the midwest and eastern seaboard.
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Shamans-Yoik Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This was supposed to be locally taken, east coast.
I knew pelts vary by region, but I didn't know the skull shapes could be so different.
(especially in the muzzle and jaw)
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Minotaur-Queen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Here is the difference between a coyote from Washington and One from NY..

All three are Mature Coyotes.

[link]
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Shamans-Yoik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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rohirrimshadow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
i was about the say the same thing as ~WolfHaunt, i have an eastern yote' skull that looks just like the one in question=)
theres always the possibility that it came from a coydog, especially if you're out west, but the basic proportions match an eastern coyote.
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WolfHaunt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
It's a Eastern Yoter, I have my Yearling eastern yoters skull and it's the exact same shape, and robustness, even though it's likely smaller due to him being younger, but if he had been at full maturity, then it would've looked just like yours.
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Shamans-Yoik Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh Thanks, I really didn't realize the shapes varied by region, I knew that with pelts.
As soon as I picked this up in my room I just felt like it was WAY rounded, compared to the 2 I've been working with in my current house.
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WolfHaunt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Yeah, it's truly amazing. ^^ It's believed that Yoters in the East bred with red wolves, giving a larger, more robust, wolfy looking yote that we know today. ^^ I LOVE eastern yotes, I think they are the most gorgeous yotes around, I am totally in love with my male. xD I would say take a look at my male yotes skull against my females, but it's not a very good comparison because she is still just a juvenile, so her skull is still mostly "puppy bone" so her skull is very fox looking and is only the size of a ranched fox.
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