Ruby Street Bison


Catalogue Number:  V-2910

Class:  Mammalia
Order:  Artiodactyla
Family:  Bovidae
Genus/species:  Bison antiquus occidentalis
Specimen Nature:  Skull, Skeletal elements


Product Description

In November 1969, these bones were discovered by workers excavating a sewer in the Wolseley area of Winnipeg, near Ruby Street and Palmerston Avenue. The bison parts were at a depth of more than 10 metres below the ground surface and include a portion of a robust skull, probably of the extinct species Bison antiquus occidentalis. This species became extinct about 5,000 to 4,000 years ago and had horns significantly larger than those of modern bison. The bones at this site represent parts of animals that were deposited on a sand bar along the edge of the ancient Assiniboine River about 7,500 years ago.

$250 adoption includes:

  • 1 year adoption
  • Certificate & photo
  • Opportunity to share personal story or description of what the specimen means to you
  • Tax receipt for $250
  • Invitation to Museum event