Long story short. My parents are aging and divesting unwanted possessions. So today I took possession of an ancient bison skull my mother acquired many years ago. It turns out this bison skull dates back approx. 10,000 years or so, which brings it into the end of the last North American ice age. For years I never gave this object a thought, until today.
Upon closer examination it became evident that this poor old beast was the victim of a horrible tussle, as best I can surmise based on a wicked wound over the left eye socket. The obvious evidence appears to be a wound from an opposing male in rut. There is a gaping hole to the skull above the left eye, which upon close inspection appears to have become infected. I can only guess that this majestic beast died a slow, horrible death.
Nonetheless, a brilliant view to the past.