Chapter: The World We Live In

Ruby Street Bison (bones)

"When bison roamed through Wolseley"
5000-4000 BC Ruby Street bison bones-found 1969 Wolseley excavation Ruby Street Bison (bones)

Story

In 1969, a construction company was excavating a new sewer trench 35 ft. below street level in the Wolseley/Assiniboine River area of Winnipeg when they unearthed mammal bones and immediately contacted The Manitoba Museum. This scientifically significant find yielded the skull and post-cranial bones from bison antiquus occidentialis, an extinct species of bison, all excellently preserved.

Carbon dating the wood sample from the site revealed the bison and related material to be between 6000-7000 years old, a period in Manitoba's paleoecology when Lake Agassiz had retreated and land mammals were moving back into the area.