431 pages, Tabs, b/w & col photos, figs
Fascinating book on the aurochs, including the quite unbelievable story of how the Heck brothers bred `reconstituted' aurochs.
From the publisher's announcement:
This book tells the comprehensive story of the extinct aurochs, the wild ancestor of our domestic cattle, and of what is still left of it. Not only until its extinction in 1627, the aurochs, because of its appearance and nature, had left a deep impression on people, but also afterwards this bovine species, due to scanty information and questionable interpretations, has been subject to discussion and mystification. In spite of a growing amount of individual scientific studies, no exhaustive overview on this subject has ever been made. After many years of research at Wageningen University, the existing information as well as numerous new or unused data from the fields of arcaeozoology, history, philology, ecology and palaeoecology have been brought together by the author to build up a complete picture of the physical appearance, the way of life and the environment of the aurochs.
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