A large, powerful mustelid, with a very robust skull, with all sutures thoroughly fused. The jaw is normally permanently attached to the skull due to the "wrap-around" articulation.
The occurrence of vestigial first premolars in some individuals may be of interest in the study of regional types. This specimen has them in the lower jaw only, the example illustrated on the UMich website (ref. below) has them in both jaws.
The genus Meles is found throughout Europe and Asia. Recent research (see Del Cerro et al below) suggests that it should be subdivided into four, rather than three, closely related species.