Inbunden bok. Roodbont Publishers. 2013. 160 sidor.
Nyskick. – ABSOLUT NYSKICK! – Obet. ytmärken på omslaget. – Signerad av Staffan Widstrand. – Stort format, ca 24x30 cm! – Se fler bilder! –– Everyone of us has heard its name, but very few of us know anything about it. Still, it was the most important animal throughout the history of mankind. Without it, nothing in our society would have been the same. However, one could also say that the aurochs is still here. Yes, its wild form went extinct back in 1627, but its genes are still very much alive. Could we bring it back somehow? The aurochs was also one of the most important animals for the European ecosystems, a 'keystone species', as ecologists say. Now, an initiative called the Tauros Programme is well underway, with the aim to breed back an animal that will be as close as technically possible to the original aurochs, by using some of the most ancient cattle breeds that are still around. And then letting it go wild. The authors all have decades of experience working with Europe's natural heritage. Here they tell us the full story about the legendary aurochs, lavishly illustrated with striking photos by several of Europe's best nature photographers, and evocative drawings by some of Europe's most gifted wildlife artists. The book is a joint production of Stichting Taurus, Ark Foundation and Rewilding Europe. / "Much is made in the media about bringing back extinct species by cloning, but as described in this book, the ancient wild cattle of Europe (Aurochs), extinct since 1627, will be revived by backbreeding from European domestic breeds which still retain many of the Aurochs characteristics. Scientists have a nearly completely sequenced DNA profile from Aurochs that lived nearly 9000 years ago, which will serve as a template to which the DNA of living specimens reintroduced into the wild can be compared. The goal of rewilding cattle in Europe is to make the reintroduced animals as much like the original Aurochs as possible, and then allow natural selection to finish what selective breeding can only begin. Since all of the ancient cattle’s genes still exist in domestic breeds (all modern breeds are descended from the Aurochs), bringing back the Aurochs is “simply” a matter of selective breeding to rejuvenate characteristics that have been systematically bred out of these animals over the last 10,000 years. The back-breeding program to restore the Aurochs began at the turn of the mellinium, and herds of wild “Aurochs” should be populating remote areas of Europe as early as 2025." / "This book also has beautiful photos to go with a fascinating text. This is one of the most satisfying books I've ever read." –– GLÖM INTE ATT TITTA PÅ ALLA MINA ANDRA BÖCKER! –– Samma fraktpris oavsett hur många böcker du beställer! (Gäller inom Sverige)