Thanks to you all.
You're welcome :)
1jola should not be concerned that the did not know the word 'auroch', as I guess most English-speaking natives don't know this word.
It was me, not 1jola, and I wasn't concerned, I always look up words I don't know when I read books in English ;)
That 'Game of Thrones' sounds interesting...what is it about?
It's the first volume of the so called "epic fantasy" best-selling series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin. HBO adapted it into successful television series:
There's another extinct animal in those books (and TV series), not only mentioned, but a pet of the main characters - a dire wolf (Canis dirus
) and it's the sigil of their House.
Re the aurochs it would seem then that that they have been extinct throughout Europe, since 16th century (could any have survived in Siberia for eg)
Aurochs became extinct first in the Western Europe. By the 13th century, the aurochs' range was restricted to Poland, Lithuania, Moldavia, Transylvania and East Prussia. The last auroch in Bavaria died in 1470. The last auroch in Poland died, as Grzegorz already mentioned, in 1627.
I don't know whether they were ever present in Siberia.
and therefore it is puzzliing how that Dutch scientist could find auroch genetic material in modern day cattle.
I have no idea, I'm not a geneticist. But isn't the auroch the ancestor of domestic cattle?
I agree that the theme of looted treasure is another thread...and a very worthwhile one at that. But when did the Swedes do all this plundering
During what Poles call "the Swedish Deluge":