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Bison Licking Insect Bite

Bison Licking Insect Bite is a prehistoric carving by an unknown artist of the Upper Paleolithic, found at Abri de la Madeleine near Tursac in Dordogne, France, the type-site of the Magdalenian culture, which produced many fine small carvings in antler or bone. It is a carved and engraved fragment of a spear-thrower made of reindeer antler. It depicts the figure of a bison, of the now extinct species steppe wisent (bison priscus) with its head turned around licking itself as if bitten by an insect.

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15 000 ~

  • Europe
  • Magdalenian

"Steppe bison mummy" by Bernt Rostad from Oslo, Norway - Steppe bison. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Steppe_bison_mummy.jpg#/media/File:Steppe_bison_mummy.jpgBlue Babe - the mummy of a 36,000-year-old male steppe bison which was discovered north of Fairbanks, Alaska, in July 1979. The mummy was noticed by a gold miner who named the mummy Blue Babe - "Babe" for Paul Bunyan's mythical giant ox, permanently turned blue when she was buried to the horns in a blizzard. (Blue Babe's own bluish cast was caused by a coating of vivianite, a blue iron phosphate covering much of the specimen.) Blue Babe is also frequently referenced when talking about scientists eating their own specimens: the research team that was preparing it for permanent display in the University of Alaska Museum removed a portion of the mummy's neck, stewed it, and dined on it to celebrate the accomplishment.

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Bison Licking Insect Bite

Bison Licking Insect Bite

Bison Licking Insect Bite is a prehistoric carving by an unknown artist of the Upper Paleolithic, found at Abri de la Madeleine near Tursac in Dordogne, France, the type-site of the Magdalenian culture, which produced many fine small carvings in antler or bone. It is a carved and engraved fragment of a spear-thrower made of reindeer antler. It depicts the figure of a bison, of the now extinct species steppe wisent (bison priscus) with its head turned around licking itself as if bitten by an insect.

Wikipedia: Bison Licking Insect Bite