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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.

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The History Channel: Death Masks

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New York circa 1908. Making a plaster death mask

New York circa 1908. Making a plaster death mask

The making of a death mask is a messy business – literally. They are difficult to make and the best position for the corpse is not lying down but sat up (as you can see in the picture). The shift from sculpture to masks came about in the Middle Ages when the art of waxwork and plaster casting became more sophisticated. The tradition evolved from royalty to eminent people and continues to this day.

abraham-lincoln-life-mask-2By using these masks, forensic-science and anthropology experts will delve into the real person behind the famous faces.

Every facial line, wrinkle and expression tells a story.

According to the “History Channel’s” website, using high-tech facial-reconstruction techniques and 3D imprint will render an exact replica of features. This will produce an intimate look at how their characteristics affected their lives.

deathmask2The show will attempt to solve some of the persistent mysteries surrounding historic figures such as; Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon and George Washington.

Faces…and facts…fleshed out from the grave. Unprecedented technology brings to life extraordinary mirror images and powerful last impressions of history’s most powerful men. Every line, every wrinkle, every expression tells a story. Forensic-science and anthropology experts have identified that history’s most relevant figures left behind highly-detailed casts of their faces, created at their moment of death, to preserve their souls and physical memory for eternity.

George Washington life mask, from the original Houdon statue, 1785

George Washington life mask, from the original Houdon statue, 1785

Using advanced facial-reconstruction techniques and 3-D imprint detailing, these death masks render an exact replica of every feature, and an intimate look at how their characteristics affected their lives. Includes startling new insights into the persistent mysteries surrounding these historic icons like Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon and George Washington, and just may reveal some secrets these men preferred to conceal.

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More Information on Life or Death Masks

Undying Faces® Death Masks – Life Masks

Curiouse Expeditions, Death Masks – Kegyeleti Museum, Hungary

Death Mask Tuesdays

Laurence Hutton Collection of Death Masks

Wikipedia “Death Mask” Entry

AbbeyCarr Blog: President Lincoln

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