Monday, 23 November 2015

New Tauros photos by Geer vanne Smeed

Okey, not all that new, but a few weeks old at least. But I haven't had the time yet to post them here because I was busy with my Lippeaue report and university. I only cover the photos here and make no guesses or research on the origin of those animals, because this work has already been done by Roberta on the Carnivora Forum thread
All of the photos presented here are copyright of Geer vanne Smeed, used with his permission. 


The photos here show us mostly bulls, and also the Tudanca x Highland cow that is familiar to us already, plus some young cows that might be Limia or similar-looking crossbreeds. Those He...ah.. Tauros bulls confirm what I guessed back in 2012 already - namely that Highland crosses bred into Southern European breeds will resemble Heck cattle in the early generations. Of course this is no bad thing as such and was to be expected, but Taurus cattle shows us that they will need at least one or two generations more to overcome this heckish bodyshape, and only if they are backcrossed with slender Southern breeds. 


This herd seemingly has pure Maremmana, probably pure Limia as well, some undefinable cross bulls that resemble those at Kempen~Broek and one Maronesa bull (it should be that one but I am not 100% sure). 


  1. I appriciate that you post the photo's of my blog Daniel. I'm only a layman and all comment is welcome. From Ark and Free nature I hear nothing. Pity....
    Of course I'll read Roberta's blog. on the Carnivora Forum Blog. I'm curious what she tells.
    About the Maronesa bull, I have a better photo of the same animal of june 2014.
    Look at this one:


  2. Daniel, I don't see any contact info or email address for you in your profile so I'm using your comments section. I am an author and journalist who writes regularly for The Washington Post. During the last few years I've done a lot of work covering various approaches to de-extinction. I'm interested in writing a piece about the aurochs and various efforts to back-breed them. Any chance that you would be interested in talking about this some time soon? Shoot me an email at

    1. There is a similar project about to begin in the United States.