Bos primigenius

Bos primigenius Name: Bos primigenius   

Locality: Denmark  

Age: Quaternary, holocene  

Showcase: Artiodactyle showcase  

The skull of the ancient ox ("aurochs") - discovered in a Danish marsh - shows a very large and strong bull with massive bones and thick, long, curved horns. It evolved in India some 2 million years ago, migrated into the Middle-East region during the early Quarternary, and reached Europe about 250 000 years ago. The last specimen died in the Jaktorowska Forest in Poland in 1627. A copy of a lithograph from the early 1600's shows the animal while it was still alive.  

Other artiodactyles in the exhibition   
  


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Publisert 18. mai 2011 16:00