|Name: Bos primigenius
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.