Skull 2

Skulls: Heads and Tales Exhibit

Take a closer look at this animal skull. What can this skulls tell you about the animal's diet? Their eyesight? Their behaviors? Their place in the food web?

Skull 2 / CAS:MAM:558 by California Academy of Sciences on Sketchfab

Static images:

skull side view

skull ront viewFront

This skull belonged to an american black bear.

Habitat: Found across a wide range of forests, mountains and swamps in 40+ US states and Canada

Diet: Omnivore – Opportunistic Eaters

  • Mostly grasses, roots, berries, and insects
  • When necessary, also fish and other mammals

Average Life Span: 20 years

Size: 5-6 feet

Weight: 200- 600 pounds

When winter arrives, black bears spend the season dormant in their dens, feeding on body fat they have built up by eating ravenously all summer and fall. They make their dens in caves, burrows, brush piles, or other sheltered spots—sometimes even in tree holes high above the ground.

Source: National Geographic Photo Ark: american black bear

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The Skulls exhibit at the Science Learning Center gives visitors a chance to see and touch real (and some replica) animal skulls, many from local animal species. Special thanks to Dr. Ted Stankowich of the Mammal Lab and Suellen Jacob in the Biological Sciences Department for lending these interesting specimens to the SLC.

3D images courtesy the California Academy of Sciences; physical specimens are part of the Academy's Ornithology & Mammalogy collections.

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