Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.

Paleobiology Database

Name Relationship
Bison antiquus Leidy, 1852 Preferred
Bison californicus Rhoads 1897 Heterotypic synonym
Simobison figginsi (Hay and Cook 1928)
Bison figginsi Hay and Cook 1928
Bison kansensis McClung 1905
Stelabison occidentalis (Lucas 1898)
Bison occidentalis Lucas, 1898
Bison oliverhayi Figgins 1933
Bison pacificus Hay 1927
Bison taylori Hay and Cook 1928
Stelabison taylori (Hay and Cook 1928)
Bison antiquus taylori (Hay and Cook 1928)
Bison texanus Hay and Cook 1928
Ovis scaphoceras
Bos scaphoceras

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Bison antiquus Preferred
ancient bison Genbank synonym


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