Bison Antiquus

Bison Antiquus

Private collection

15"x 13"x 4 " Steel with gun metal patina. 2009

 

Links to other endangered and extinct animal sculptures,

Dodo Bird

Sea Turtle Fossil

Coelacanth

Rhinoceros

Fleeing Dodo

 

Intrigued by seeing the paleolithic flaked stone Clovis spear points that ancient peoples hunted these massive creatures with, I looked to the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux in southwestern France for inspiration.

Bison antiquus was the most common large herbivore of North America for over ten thousand years and is the direct ancestor of the American Bison. This ancient bison was taller, had larger bones and horns and was 15-25% larger than modern bison.