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Nic333

Hello everyone! I need some help identifying these bones. I've narrowed them down to being antiquus or possibly bison bison. Even had a specialist describe them to possibly be Camelops...These were located in Southwestern Oklahoma. 

 

 

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coled18

Could you post more pictures from different angles of the bones and are you sure they are from a Bison? They definitely are bovid in nature, . 

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Harry Pristis

 

 

I don't think this is a bison vertebra.  Why did you reject the identification by the 'specialist' as camelops?

 

 

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coled18
15 minutes ago, Harry Pristis said:

 

 

I don't think this is a bison vertebra.  Why did you reject the identification by the 'specialist' as camelops?

 

 

I had that gut feeling too. The rib also looks more like a cow rib than it does a bison from what I can see, given how it widens as it approaches the lateral end.

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Fruitbat

Welcome to The Fossil Forum!  Unfortunately, even if those ARE bison bones, it would be practically impossible to differentiate between Bison bison and Bison antiquus on the basis of isolated skeletal elements.  It can be hard enough even when you have a skull to work with!  

 

There are links to downloads of (free) papers on bison listed in my pdf library here on The Fossil Forum.  Here's a LINK.  Just scroll down until you find the section on Subfamily Bovinae and Tribe Bovini.

 

If you want to look through the section on the camels, here's a LINK to that section!

 

-Joe

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Nic333

I had initially rejected the idea of Camelops with the comparison of a a bison vertebrae located online. I don't have much material in compassion with the camel.

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