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The Aurochs by phan-tom The Aurochs by phan-tom
In case anyone is wondering what an Aurochs is, it's the wild ancestor of modern day cattle. They went extinct in 1627.
I was reading about them on the internet a few years ago and one of the things I was surprised by is they were actually larger than almost all domestic cattle breeds. They came close to six feet at the shoulder.
There was a theory that the Aurochs could be selectively bred back into existence, since their genes are still in the domestic cattle, and a couple of German zoo keepers tried it back in the 1930's 1940's. They declared success after 12 years, but the animals didn't have the height, and the horns weren't pointed forward like an aurochs, along with a few other traits that were missing. People are still breeding, what became known as Heck cattle, today trying to come closer to the appearance of the aurochs. The tallest one so far is five foot three at the shoulder.
In January I read that a group of scientists in Holland were going to try the breeding back experiment again, but this time they have a map. A genome map to be exact. Maybe they'll succeed this time.
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Cool!
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MrSleepybear Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
The Tauros Project is using multiple breeds of very primitive cattle and cross breeding them and releasing them into other wild. There hope is that eventually all the cattle will interbreed with each other until they revert to the behavior and appearance of their extinct subspecies.



www.eurowildlife.org/wp-conten…
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phan-tom Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
I've been in contact with the Tauros Project, and they used two of my illustrations in their book.

www.roodbont.nl/en/bookshop/17…
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Magnificent!
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phan-tom Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Thank you!
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narendramartosudarmo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
You're welcome!
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LazerEagle1 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting. It looks more agile and limber than the modern Cows that have been ruined by domestication. Almost deer-like.
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phan-tom Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
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phan-tom Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Thank you, but this drawing is a bit inaccurate.
It was done by mostly reading about aurochs.
After finishing this I decided to do more in depth studies,using aurochs skeletons.
This one is probably fairly accurate to what they looked like.
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wolvengalloway Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
can I just say... BAD ASS BEASTIE. I kinda want one, and then cross it to a beltie. that would be a cool looking bad ass beastie.
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