Background I'm doing a prehistoric nine-tails which would be believed to the common ancestor of the kitsune, the kumiho and the huli jing and five more species I made up, this early specimen lives in the Tibetan plateau during the Pliocene era just before the ice age started. The remains of this prehistoric fox was excavated from rocks up to 4,730 metres
Question How can the fossil be presented as, since the extra tails are merely dreads of matted fur? How can the pseudonym for my book tell it's a nine-tailed fox and not just another fox species?
so they have one normal tail with a skeletal core, and 8 pseudo-tails?
the tibetan plateau could make a natural mummy find possible, in fact that is probably your best bet since the tibet of the Pliocene would not have had good conditions for any kind of normal fossilization. a soap mummy might be perfect, since we still are not exactly sure what causes them.