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Predecessor of Cows, The Aurochs, Were Still Living In The Netherlands Around AD 600
ScienceDaily ^ | Monday, December 15, 2008 | University of Groningen

Posted on 12/21/2008 10:02:49 AM PST by SunkenCiv

Archaeological researchers at the University of Groningen have discovered that the aurochs, the predecessor of our present-day cow, lived in the Netherlands for longer than originally assumed. Remains of bones recently retrieved from a horn core found in Holwerd (Friesland, Netherlands), show that the aurochs became extinct in around AD 600 and not in the fourth century. The last aurochs died in Poland in 1627... The aurochs was much larger than the common cows we know today, with aurochs bulls measuring between 160 and 180 cm at the withers, and aurochs cows between 140 and 150 cm. The cattle bred on the Frisian mounds around AD 600 measured between 90 and 120 cm and their horn cores were 25 cm long at the most. Hunters and the first Dutch farmers hunted the aurochs. The species eventually became extinct in the Netherlands, not only because it was hunted, but also because more and more land was being used for agriculture and the human population was increasing. Aurochs bones dating back to Roman times have previously been found at various sites in the Dutch river regions. They have also been unearthed in the terps and mounds of Friesland and Groningen. An almost complete skeleton of an aurochs was found in a terp in Britsum (Friesland), 15 km from Holwerd. It dates back to between AD 257 and 421. It was long thought that this was the most recent evidence of the aurochs that would be found, and that the aurochs had therefore become extinct in the Netherlands sometime in the fourth century AD. However, the horn core from Holwerd shows that the aurochs must have been grazing the Frisian meadows for at least another 150 to 250 years.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; archaeological; archaeology; auroch; aurochs; bones; bosprimigenius; cattle; dietandcuisine; domestication; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; neolithic; netherlands; poland
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To: TruthWillWin

Wow, that’s just mean. ;’)


21 posted on 12/21/2008 11:06:55 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

22 posted on 12/21/2008 11:08:18 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: BnBlFlag; Ditter; davisfh; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Islander7; JoeProBono; MeanWestTexan; ...
Oh sure, big response for the Euro-centric Auroch, but when it's bison...
23 posted on 12/21/2008 11:11:00 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Remains of bones recently retrieved from a horn core found in Holwerd (Friesland, Netherlands), show that the aurochs became extinct in around AD 600 and not in the fourth century. The last aurochs died in Poland in 1627...
So the last auroch died a thousand years after they went extinct.

Who writes this garbage?

Captain Kangaroo?

24 posted on 12/21/2008 11:14:40 AM PST by samtheman
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To: SunkenCiv



Y'all shouldn't have eaten them. They'd still be there.
25 posted on 12/21/2008 11:16:04 AM PST by Islander7 (This Atlas is shrugging! ~ I am Joe!)
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To: Islander7

We’re eatin’ ‘em right now. These days they’re called cattle. :’)


26 posted on 12/21/2008 11:17:52 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: samtheman

Hey, be nice to the good Captain. Use Baghdad Bob instead.

Aurochs went extinct in the Netherlands at least as late as the 7th century, and went extinct altogether in the 17th.


27 posted on 12/21/2008 11:19:25 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m an avid animal lover.

I love them fried, grilled, broiled, smoked and well seasoned.


28 posted on 12/21/2008 11:21:02 AM PST by Islander7 (This Atlas is shrugging! ~ I am Joe!)
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oxen aurochs
Google

29 posted on 12/21/2008 11:21:11 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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Horrocks

30 posted on 12/21/2008 11:22:31 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: Islander7

Great, now I’m hungry...

;’)

I think they went extinct because of the burgermeisters.


31 posted on 12/21/2008 11:23:20 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Order from here:

America's Original Red Meat


32 posted on 12/21/2008 11:31:52 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Write to us at:
High Plains Bison
1395 S. Platte River Dr.
Denver, CO 80223
33 posted on 12/21/2008 11:35:27 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: RichInOC; SunkenCiv

I want auroch!

LOL. Good one.


34 posted on 12/21/2008 11:39:48 AM PST by wildbill
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To: SunkenCiv
Fine. Be that way.


35 posted on 12/21/2008 11:53:53 AM PST by stormer
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To: stormer

Those were Daedelus’ last words to Icarus.


36 posted on 12/21/2008 12:08:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I had always thought that the Bantang of Southeast Asia was about the some thing as an Auroch. Not so says the article although a common ancestor in India is likely. Domesticated Bantang has tough meat though. A nice Angus steak for me, if you will.

37 posted on 12/21/2008 12:09:25 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

:’) No need for me to mailorder it:

http://www.sprikfarms.com/aboutbuffalo.html


38 posted on 12/21/2008 12:12:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: JimSEA

Thanks!


39 posted on 12/21/2008 12:13:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Obama actually claimed to support withdrawal from Auroch (no bull!), but when he *doesn't* do it as President, the left will have a cow."

LOL! That was bad! REAL BAD! Uh, keep up the good(?)work.
40 posted on 12/21/2008 12:21:30 PM PST by KamperKen
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