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Found 6 results

  1. I found this on the Yellowstone River after high water, it had washed onto an island on the river and gotten caught in an old tree that was also beached on the island. It is 22" from tip to tip and heavier than I would have expected as if it has begun mineralization. The base of the horn cones are 3 1/8" at their largest dimension. Could this be a Bison Antiquus? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Bison bones question

    Hello Fossil Enthusiasts! I recently found a large group of Bison bones. They were found all together. They have not been cleaned as I believe the soil may contain some clues as to the age. (Including a little clam shell in the skull.) There are multiple animals here; one skull, three adult horns, one baby horn, shoulder blade, ribs, tibia, teeth, etc. A rough estimate is that they are Bison Bison. Thank you in advance!
  3. Bison Surprise! :)

    Hi! Just thought those interested would like to see what creek walking on a beautiful day in North Texas can surprise you with! All details will be forthcoming ID is in the works! And yes, there are more bones Take away from this...GET OUTSIDE! You just never know lol! Thanks for looking, Pamela
  4. I found this large humerus several years ago on a gravel bar on the Kansas river. Everything was pretty picked over that day but I noticed a small bit of bone protruding from the gravel and sand. I dug this up and thought it to be just from a large elderly (arthritic? growth on distal end) Bison antiquus however now I am not so sure. I took photos with the humerus next to a humerus from an American Bison and it just seems to be on a different level. It is quite heavy and mineralized and is just shy of 20 lbs. I know during the pleistocene the woodland musk ox Bootherium bombifrons has been found in the same deposits throughout the midwest from Mississippi to Alaska so I was wondering if anyone knows any tips on distinguishing B. antiquus from Bootherium? Skulls and cervical vertebrae are no problem but they are the only elements of Bootherium I have ever seen or held. Any help distinguishing post cranial elements of these two would be much appreciated - thanks!
  5. I recently acquired this nice old bison skull, but I'm not sure if he is of the modern or ancient variety (or somewhere in between). The skull was found at the bottom of the Missouri River in northern South Dakota. It measures 29 inches from horn tip to horn tip and it's pretty heavy, too--about 30 pounds. As much as I'd like for it to be antiquus, I'm leaning towards big old Bison bison due to its size (quite large for B. bison but relatively small for B. antiquus) and because the horn cores aren't as long and robust as the ones in most pictures of Bison antiquus fossils I've seen. What do you think? Thanks in advance for your input!
  6. I've found a bison antiquus skeleton on the family farm. I'm not sure how much of it is still there since I've only excavated a couple of legs, but I can see the edges of more bones in the surrounding matrix. It will probably take a few months to finish digging it up. I'm not sure what to do with it, but I would like to either keep it as a personal treasure or perhaps find a place willing to display it in a protected environment. I'm not interested in selling it. If anyone has any advice for storing, cleaning, skeletal re-assemby, and reaching out to museums or schools I would greatly appreciate it. Any other comments are welcome too, as I clearly am not versed in the science beyond a layman's understanding! I am making a video and taking pics as I go along and I'll post it on this board once the project is complete. Thanks to all of you who contribute to this site, I've learned a lot and look forward to sharing my find of a lifetime.
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