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Hitler planned to bring back extinct aurochs

By T.K. Randall
June 16, 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)




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Comment icon #17 Posted by Mr. ET 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
I am sure a few noticed it, they just have higher standards than you and I. Sadly it's true.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Farmerboy 10 years ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heck_cattle And here's what they got out of it.
Comment icon #20 Posted by 6.6.6 10 years ago
I am sure a few noticed it, they just have higher standards than you and I. I bet you both to that joke if you care to peruse the previous posts!
Comment icon #21 Posted by ShortyStuff 10 years ago
There is actually a National Geographic special about this -- http://videobull.to/national-geographic-hitlers-jurassic-monsters/
Comment icon #22 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
I bet you both to that joke if you care to peruse the previous posts! Similar, but remember... Mimicry is a form of flattery.
Comment icon #23 Posted by SaraT 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
To think he might have dropped T-Rex's on Britain! We had Marc Bolan do that instead...
Comment icon #25 Posted by TheGreatBeliever 10 years ago
Just imagine so much meat to eat!
Comment icon #26 Posted by RaymondEternal 10 years ago
And they are planning to bring back extinct Hitler.....


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