This scientific illustration shows the skull of the gray fox from the dorsal view. This plate is part of a series to compare different kinds of fox skulls.
The gray fox skull can be distinguished by the widely separated and U-shaped temporal ridges. Some students memorize this characteristic as “U” for Urocyon.
When preparing this plate, I checked out a specimen from the Georgia Museum of Natural History. Once in the studio I set up the specimen with bits of clay so that the specimen was lying parallel to the work surface to avoid any distortion when illustrating.
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