Aurochs

The aurochs (/ˈɔːrɒks/ or /ˈaʊrɒks/; also urus, ure, (Bos primigenius), the ancestor of domestic cattle, is an extinct type of large wild cattle that inhabited Europe, Asia and North Africa; they survived in Europe until the last recorded aurochs, a female, died in the Jaktorów Forest, Poland in 1627.

During the Neolithic Revolution, which occurred during the early Holocene, there were at least two aurochs domestication events: one related to the Indian subspecies, leading to Zebu cattle; the other one related to the Eurasian subspecies, leading to taurine cattle. Other species of wild bovines were also domesticated, namely the wild water buffalo, Gaur, and Banteng. In modern cattle, numerous breeds share characteristics of the aurochs, such as a dark colour of the bulls with a light eel stripe and light colour in cows, or a typical aurochs-like horn shape.

Read more about Aurochs:  Taxonomy and Etymology, Description, Habitat, Ecology and Behaviour, In Culture

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Aurochs - In Culture
... See also Bull (mythology) The aurochs was one of the most important hunting game animals and attained mythic significance early on ... As oldest cultural references, aurochs are depicted in many Paleolithic European and Mesopotamian cave paintings, such as those found at Lascaux and Livernon in France ... Early carvings of the aurochs have also been found ...
Aurocks
... The aurochs (/ˈɔːrɒks/ or /ˈaʊrɒks/), also urus, ure (Bos primigenius), the ancestor of domestic cattle, is an extinct type of large wild cattle that inhabited ... the Neolithic Revolution, which occurred during the early Holocene, there were at least two aurochs domestication events one related to the Indian subspecies, leading to zebu cattle the other one related ... In modern cattle, numerous breeds share characteristics of the aurochs, such as a dark colour in the bulls, with a light eel stripe along the back with the cows being lighter ...
Aurocks - In Culture
... See also Bull (mythology) The aurochs was one of the most important hunting game animals and attained cultural significance early on ... In the oldest cultural references, aurochs are depicted in many Paleolithic European and Mesopotamian cave paintings, such as those found at Lascaux and Livernon in France ... Early carvings of the aurochs have also been found ...
Changing Breed - Source Material - Apis
... The Apis' totem was the aurochs, or the wild ox, which were similar to today's cattle only as wolves are similar to dogs ... The extinction of the aurochs had nothing to do with the Apis extinction ... They were driven to extinction by the Garou during the Wars of Rage, long before the aurochs itself began to decline ...
Aurocks - Relationship With Humans - Extinction
... By the 13th century CE, the aurochs’ range was restricted to Poland, Lithuania, Moldavia, Transylvania and East Prussia ... As the population of aurochs declined, hunting ceased, and the royal court used gamekeepers to provide open fields for grazing for the aurochs ... Poaching aurochs was punishable by death ...

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