posted on Oct, 13 2015 @ 01:28 PM
Euro cattle breeders are trying to bring back the Aurochs, the ancient animal that modern cattle descended from. This semi-Aurochs, called the
Tauros, is in several countries (Spain, Portugal, Croatia.)
"With knowledge of the aurochs' DNA, the scientists analyzed some existing primitive cattle breeds that are similar to their extinct ancestors. They
included Pajuna, Sayaguesa and Limia from Spain, Maremmana from Italy and Highlander from Scotland.
Through cross-breeding, they have been working on reconstructing the original aurochs with the goal to have "the presence of the Tauros as a
self-sufficient wild bovine grazer in herds of at least 150 animals each in several rewilding areas in Europe," Rewilding Europe, another
organization involved, said on its Web site."
Kewl! I hope they can bring back the full Aurochs, which was supposed to have been quite a monster.
I read somewhere that they were trying to re-create Carolina Parakeets; they have DNA from specimens at the Smithsonian.