Interesting Bony Amoured Skin of a Southern African Temmincks Pangolin

Interesting Bony Amoured Skin of a Southern African Temmincks Pangolin

1800 to 1900 South American

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The Interesting Bony Amoured Skin of a Southern African Temmincks Pangolin
Contained in a contemporary shadow box
19th Century

Size: 66cm high, 24cm wide – 26 ins high, 9½ ins wide
See: Finch and Co catalogue no. 10, item no. 58, for the skin of an African Giant Pangolin
Pangolins are covered in overlapping scales, which act as armour and camouflage. The scales are movable and sharp edged and are probably developed from modified hairs like the horn of a rhinoceros. Pangolins do not have teeth, but use their extremely long tongue to gather ants and termites, which are ground down in its muscular horny surfaced stomach.
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Pangolin skin
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