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Fossil - European bison vertebra, XL size

Fossil - European bison vertebra, XL size

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Fossil - European bison vertebra, XL size, single piece

Pleistocene, ca. 120,000-11,650 years ago, North Sea. Size approx. 15.5cm x 11.3cm x 9.0cm.

The European bison ( Bison bonasus ) is a large species of cattle and the European equivalent of the American bison. It almost became extinct in the early 20th century, but the species survived thanks to specimens bred in zoos. The remains of visents suddenly appear in the fossil record about 11,000 years ago, at a time when the last ice age was just ending.

Symbol meaning

In early European cultures, bison were especially valued for their large size, speed, and strength. These forest giants were a popular subject in ancient cave paintings and their images were carved into the rock. Visents symbolize balance, patience, endurance and dedication. Visent's cousin, the bison ( Bison bison ), was an animal of immense importance to the indigenous peoples of North America. For them, bison symbolize, among other things, wealth, freedom, abundance and protection. Fragments of Visent's bones are believed to contain ancient wisdom and deep knowledge. In addition, they serve as a reminder of the fragility and uncertainty of life.

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