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First Lady Michelle Obama and Daughter Sasha Visit Spain

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Michelle Obama, America’s First Lady, and her youngest daughter Sasha traveled to Spain’s Costa del Sol for a short summer break to mark her 49th birthday. The First Lady also visited the Alhambra and the Palace of Charles the 5th in Granada, Spain. The FLOTUS then visited the House of the Moorish King in Ronda, Spain.

Both the First Lady and daughter Sasha visited Spain’s King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and Princess Letizia at the Marivent Palace on the island of Majorca.

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Giant Cattle To Be Bred Back From Extinction

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Aurochs were immortalized in prehistoric cave paintings and admired for their brute strength and “elephantine” size by Julius Caesar

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Aurochs are depicted in ochre and charcoal in paintings found on the walls of cave galleries such as those at Lascaux in France Photo: ALAMY


Telegraph.co.uk/Nick Squires~~But despite their having gone the way of the dodo and the woolly mammoth, there are plans to bring the giant animals back to life.

The huge cattle with sweeping horns which once roamed the forests of Europe have not been seen for nearly 400 years.

Now Italian scientists are hoping to use genetic expertise and selective breeding of modern-day wild cattle to recreate the fearsome beasts which weighed around 2,200lb and stood 6.5 feet at the shoulder.

Breeds of large cattle which most closely resemble Bos primigenius, such as Highland cattle and the white Maremma breed from Italy, are being bred with each other in a technique known as “back-breeding“.

At the same time, scientists say they have for the first time created a map of the auroch’s genome, so that they know precisely what type of animal they are trying to replicate.

We were able to analyse auroch DNA from preserved bone material and create a rough map of its genome that should allow us to breed animals nearly identical to aurochs,” said team leader Donato Matassino, head of the Consortium for Experimental Biotechnology in Benevento, in the southern Campania region.

We’ve already made our first round of crosses between three breeds native to Britain, Spain and Italy. Now we just have to wait and see how the calves turn out.

More @ telegraph.co.uk

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