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Comparative Collection - Bison Bones

Bison Bones MVAC is better equipped to identify archaeological bison bones, thanks to a generous donation from long-time MVAC friend Dan Maas, who raises bison. Dan gave us a bison that died unexpectedly, as well as some additional bones. Modern comparative materials are important for accurately identifying archaeological bones. We'll be processing these bison bones and adding them to our comparative collection.  Bones pictured: front, right mandible (lower jaw); center, atlas vertebra; right center, right calcaneus from lower rear leg; background, left humerus from upper front leg.

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