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Cave Art Reveals ‘Bizarre' Hybrid: The Higgs Bison

A newly identified hybrid animal has been "hiding in plain sight," according to researchers who spotted its depiction in well-known cave art thousands of years old.

Published On 10/18/2016
11:13 AM EDT
Modern European bison (or wisent, Bison bonasus) roam the Białowieża Forest in Poland. Credit: Rafał Kowalczyk
Shown is a reproduction of a painting at the the Pergouset cave (Ardèche, France, ~17,000 years old), probably representing a European bison (or wisent - Bison bonasus) from the hybridization of Aurochs and Steppe bison. Credit: Carole Fritz and Gilles Tosello
Photo: A modern European bison (or wisent - Bison bonasus) surveys the Białowieża Forest in Poland. Credit: Rafał Kowalczyk