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Fossil - European bison clavicle, size M

Fossil - European bison clavicle, size M

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Fossil - European bison distal phalanx, single piece

Prehistoric, distal phalanx of a young European bison (Bison bonasus) or Pleistocene forest bison (Bison schoetensacki). Pleistocene, ca. 120,000-11,650 years ago, North Sea. In fair condition. Age-related wear, cracks and chip. Light brown patina. Dirt and dust. The bone has been treated with surface-protecting shellac and beeswax. Size approx. 89mm x 57mm x 32mm.

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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