Monday, April 05, 2010

Animal Skulls

By Carol Moran
You can’t help but notice the skulls in the front showcase at Ashford School. They are attracting a lot of attention, particularly from students.
Students learn about animal adaptations during enrichment by observing the teeth. Carnivores need to tear meat, so have evolved with sharp incisors. Herbivores need to chew plant matter, and have evolved with grinding teeth. Students can identify the animal by looking at the teeth, position of the eyes, and shape and size of the skull.
The skulls come from a variety of donations. Over the years students have gifted skulls to enrichment. Thanks to Bernie and Jane Schreiber for many recent donations, including the human skull; the Reccias for the young bear skull, the PTO for purchase of many local animal skull reproductions.