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Giant Cattle To Be Bred Back From Extinction

Posted by: Audiegrl

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

Aurochs

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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Bone Collectors

Victim Jaycee Dugard, age 11

Victim Jaycee Dugard, age 11


Posted by Bluedog89
As the search of Jaycee Dugard’s alleged captors’ backyard continues, authorities announced that a bone fragment has been found next door to suspect Phillip Garrido’s house. The announcement came as crime scene investigators scour every inch of Garrido’s property, including the tent-and-shed compound that hid Dugard for 18 years. Although the bone was found near Garrido’s backyard, he is alleged to have some ties to the property where the bone was located. Police at this time are not sure if the bone collected is human or animal, but the fragment will be tested as soon as possible to determine its origins.

Rumors are circulating the crime scene that two girls living in Garrido’s Antioch neighborhood were abducted in the late 1980s, prior to Dugard’s abduction in 1991. Police are also speculating that Garrido may be involved in several cases involving missing prostitutes. Sources refuse to comment further about any evidence tying Garrido to these crimes.

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