- American Bison
- Pleistocene Age
- Width: 3 ft 2 inches
- Height: 6 ft 1 inch
- Length: 7 ft 7 inches
- This specimen is a composite of 2 animals and is approx. 99%++ complete with less than 1% restoration.. The skull is gorgeous on this one!! This specimen comes with the custom-made steel frame as seen in the photos. Most of the bones are removable from the armature for study purposes. This specimen has a custom-made crate for safe and secure shipping. (The actual shipping cost will be determined based on the location it is being shipped to.)
Bison or buffalo are large, even-toed ungulates in the genus Bison within the subfamily Bovinae. Two extant and four extinct species are recognized. Of the four extinct species, three were North American: Bison antiquus, B. latifrons, and B. occidentalis. The fourth, B. priscus, ranged across steppe environments from Western Europe, through Central Asia, East Asia including Japan, and onto North America (Alaska).
The bovine family (Bovidae) diverged from the common ancestral line with water buffalo and African buffalo about 5 to 10 million years ago. Thereafter, the family lineage of bison and taurine cattle does not appear to be a straightforward “tree” structure as is often depicted in much evolution, because evidence of interbreeding and crossbreeding is seen between different species and members within this family, even many millions of years after their ancestors separated into different species. This crossbreeding was not sufficient to conflate the different species back together, but it has resulted in unexpected relationships between many members of this group, such as yak being related to American bison, when such relationships would otherwise not be apparent.