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Hitler planned to bring back extinct aurochs


Posted on Monday, 16 June, 2014 | Comment icon 26 comments


Artist's impression of an auroch being attacked by wolves. Image Credit: Heinrich Harder

Nazi scientists had once planned to use selective breeding to bring an extinct cow species back to life.

Orchestrated by Hitler and overseen by infamous SS officer Hermann Goering, the plan was to bring aurochs, the 7ft tall horned ancestors to modern cows that went extinct in the 17th century, back to life as part of a propaganda exercise.

Weighing upwards of a ton, these bovine behemoths once roamed the wilds and forests of Europe in great numbers. Their revival was of particular interest to Goering who, as a keen hunter, saw the beasts as the ultimate hunting challenge.

To accomplish this goal the Nazi scientists planned to use a technique known as "breeding back" which involves selectively breeding animals to produce offspring with predefined traits. While this method can potentially produce a creature that physically resembles an auroch the specimen wouldn't actually be genetically related to the original auroch species.

A similar project was also undertaken in 2010 by a Dutch preservationist group who hoped to use the same technique to recreate living aurochs. If successful the project could even see the animals being used in farming in place of conventional domestic cattle.

   
Source: IB Times | Comments (26)

Tags: Auroch, Hitler, Nazis


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mr. ET on 16 June, 2014, 23:03
The only thing that comes to mind after reading this is, " I could really go for a hamburger now"!
Comment icon #18 Posted by ancient astronaut on 16 June, 2014, 23:08
Sadly it's true.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Farmerboy on 17 June, 2014, 10:02
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heck_cattle And here's what they got out of it.
Comment icon #20 Posted by 6.6.6 on 17 June, 2014, 10:30
I bet you both to that joke if you care to peruse the previous posts!
Comment icon #21 Posted by ShortyStuff on 17 June, 2014, 20:06
There is actually a National Geographic special about this -- http://videobull.to/national-geographic-hitlers-jurassic-monsters/
Comment icon #22 Posted by Junior Chubb on 17 June, 2014, 21:29
Similar, but remember... Mimicry is a form of flattery.
Comment icon #23 Posted by SaraT on 18 June, 2014, 11:21
So Jurassic Park could have easily been Hitler's idea. To think he might have dropped T-Rex's on Britain!
Comment icon #24 Posted by Junior Chubb on 18 June, 2014, 12:30
We had Marc Bolan do that instead...
Comment icon #25 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 18 June, 2014, 12:52
Just imagine so much meat to eat!
Comment icon #26 Posted by RaymondEternal on 4 August, 2014, 13:28
And they are planning to bring back extinct Hitler.....


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