Pseudonovibos spiralis: epitaph


Dr R. A. Melville, Box 125, Bristol, Maine 04539, U.S.A.


Timm et al. (2001) argue that Pseudonovibos spiralis actually exists as a new bovine species, and identify as such two frontlets in the Kansas Natural History Museum, U.S.A. This is not the first time these specimens have been the subject of dubious taxonomic identification; they were previously misidentified by Hoffman (1986) as female kouprey Bos sauveli. A further irony is that the original unmasking (Dioli, 1995) was accomplished by an author of the current defense.