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Creek - Don

Pleistocene mammal bone ID please

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Creek - Don

Hello.  I went down to local creek today and found some interesting mammal bones.  These bones were found in 5 to 8 feet below the surface layer, but just above limestone gravel layer. I'm thinking this maybe some large animal, but does't think this is a cow bone since buried too deep.  

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caldigger

Im thinking you've stumbled upon a bison. Your ground in the picture looks exactly like where Kim Texan found hers.

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Creek - Don

Yes, I'm thinking that too.  It's such a huge thoracic bone.  I saw one on the Internet that resembles like this.  They have listed as PLEISTOCENE: 150,000 - 15,000 years ago. 

 

 

Sorry, that animal was Aurochs lived in Europe Africa and Asia.  Wow, so similar!

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Creek - Don

I just compared other bison bones, but on the bottom of last picture it has lot more bones than other bison bones on the Internet, but matches almost to Aurochs. 

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JohnJ

Don, scientific publications are more reliable for accurate identification than most online sales sites.  Searching on TFF will often produce good links and leads to further research.

 

(Please remember to avoid posting sales links per our guidelines.  Thanks.)

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Creek - Don

Thanks. Sorry I posted that sales link.   I should read the guidelines. 

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LordTrilobite

That's the first dorsal vertebra. There are articulation points for the ribs on the back, but not on the front.

 

Looks like bovid.

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Creek - Don

LordTrilobite,  I looked at cattle dorsal vertebra yesterday, but doesn't seem to match up.  

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Creek - Don

Thanks everyone.  i just figured out which species of bison this belonged to.  It's called a  Steppe Bison that became extinct early Holocene period, about 11,000 years ago.  I found a exact match with Steppe Bison dorsal vertebra after comparing modern bovine and existing bison dorsal vertebra.   So, this bone is between 1.8 million to 11,000 years old.

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