Bison Antiquus Skull Replica measures 25 x 33 x 12 inches. Bison Antiquus Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in the USA. Ancient Bison, La Brea Tarpits Color, Cast of an original Page Museum specimen. Our percise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Bison antiquus, the antique or ancient bison, is an extinct species that lived in Late Pleistocene North America until around 10,000 years ago.

It was one of the most common large herbivores on the North American continent during the late Pleistocene.

After the extinction of B. latifrons, B. antiquus became increasingly abundant in parts of midcontinent North America from 18,000 until about 10,000 years ago, after which the species appears to have given rise to the living species, B. bison.

B. antiquus is the most commonly recovered large mammalian herbivore from the La Brea tar pits.

Ancient bison were taller, had larger bones and horns, and was 15 to 25 percent larger overall than modern bison. B. antiquus reached up to 7.5 ft. tall, 15 ft. long, and a weight of 3500 lb. From tip to tip, the Ancient bison horns measured about 3 ft.

One of the best educational sites to view in situ semifossilized skeletons of over 500 individuals of B. antiquus is the Hudson-Meng archeological site.

A number of paleo-Indian spear and projectile points have been recovered in conjunction with the animal skeletons at the site, which is dated around 9,700 to 10,000 years ago.

The reason for the die off of so many animals in one compact location is still in conjecture; some professionals argue it was the result of a successful paleo-Indian hunt, while others think the herd died as a result of some dramatic natural event.

According to internationally renowned archaeologist George Carr Frison, B. occidentalis and B. antiquus or Ancient bison survived the Late Pleistocene period, between about 12,000 and 11,000 years ago, Ancient bison dominated by glaciation (the Wisconsin glaciation in North America), when many other megafauna became extinct.

Native Americans of the Plains and Rocky Mountains depended on them as their major food source.

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Weight 35 lbs
Dimensions 25 × 33 × 12 in
Bison antiquus Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Bovinae
Genus: Bison
Species: †B. antiquus
Binomial name: †Bison antiquus