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June 21, 2022 at 8:37 am #1363clive
Fascinating article in El Pais English edition.
The entire Gulf of Cádiz was already known to have been a refuge for the megafauna that were contemporaries of Neanderthals. In Huelva, the same team has discovered traces of Palaeoloxodon antiquus, straight-tusked elephants similar to the current-day ones, but up to four meters (13ft) tall, wild boars (Sus scrofa scrofa) that tripled the size of those that exist today and weighed up to 300 kilos (660lb), giant red deer, wolves and other animals.
The Cape Trafalgar footprints also show giant aurochs, with tracks made by hooves up to 27 cm (11 inches) long. As Neto De Carvalho explains, “the rounded footprints of a current adult bull rarely exceed 10 centimeters.” He adds, “We had the experience in Matalascañas of measuring the footprints of Cariñoso, a bull weighing 1,128 kg (2,487 lb), and they did not exceed 18 cm (7 in). The Cape Trafalgar aurochs would have measured more than two meters in height from the head (6 ft 5 in), not counting the horns, which are known to reach 80 cm (31 in), and weighed around 1,500 kg (3,300 lb). The females were smaller and showed a strong sexual dimorphism [variation in appearance between the two sexes], which also seems to be present when we compare the auroch footprints in the new paleontological site of Cape Trafalgar with those of Matalascañas.”
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June 21, 2022 at 8:51 am #1365Miguel
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You can read more about aurochs here: https://rewildingeurope.com/rewilding-in-action/wildlife-comeback/tauros/
The rewilding Europe project has located DNA in ancient cattle breeds that directly descend from aurochs….!!!!June 23, 2022 at 3:54 am #1377Linda Mary Olivine
Intriguing article! I think I’d have missed those Neanderthal underprints!
Lots more pictures in the original, open access, paper in Nature:
June 23, 2022 at 7:06 am #1379Rachel
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Thanks for the link Linda!! Really interesting…. I wish more people would come and join in here. Great information but it’s very quiet with everybody yapping away over on facebook. At least I know here that later on I can come back and easily find a conversation….. 🙂June 24, 2022 at 4:50 am #1385Linda Mary Olivine
It would be great to see more people here, I guess FB is just so quick and easy? I had to go and find my log in details for this forum before I could post that link.
Same problem with geology groups I admin – people will chat on FB but not on forums like thisJune 24, 2022 at 4:16 pm #1386clive
But you can save you login details on your mobile or whatever and the cookie last for 30 days… renewing another 30 every time you visit here…. 🙂 Basically the same as facebook etc….
I’m off next week down to the coast to see these footprints!!!!!! 🙂
June 24, 2022 at 5:52 pm #1387Linda Mary Olivine
Yes, I do save! Should obviously look in more often.
Have a good trip to the coast, remember camping at Trafalgar, such beautiful clear blue sea
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