Frozen Bison.

30 Jan

 What’s the difference between a buffalo and a bison?

You can’t wash your hands in a buffalo.

Kirk Johnson is a paleobotanist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He took this photo at the University of Alaska Museum during a recent trip to Fairbanks.

What you’re looking at is a mummified bison from the Ice Age. It was frozen in solid soil and uncovered by gold miners who were artificially thawing out the surrounding earth in 1979. There are claw and tooth marks in the mummy that have allowed scientists to finger the bison’s killer: an American lion.

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