By William H. Burt
Descriptions of 380 species contain dimension, weight, colour, markings, variety of tooth, habitat, behavior, and comparisons with comparable species. wonderful colour illustrations and line drawings exhibit 230 animals. diversity maps in addition to pictures of skulls and drawings of animal tracks, dens, nests, and burrows around out the wealth of knowledge given in "the most sensible basic advisor to all of North America" (Peter Warshall, entire Earth Review).
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The Gobi desert, which lay inside the northeastern distribution area, was obviously not a suitable living area for the aurochs. As yet, very little is known about the vegetations that may have been present in this area in the early days. Summary On the basis of bone finds, descriptions and place-names, the occurrence of the aurochs has been traced. Fig. 4 shows the distribution area during the Pleistocene and Holocene. The distribution area of the aurochs stretched across nearly all of Europe and large parts of Asia and North Africa.
1. The scientific name When Linnaeus classified the animal kingdom in the 18th century, he gave the European domestic cow the scientific name ‘Bos taurus’ (Linnaeus 1758, page 71). ) described in Germania, under this same species name. Moreover, Linnaeus added: ‘The wild aurochs is living in the grassy lowlands of Poland’. He had obviously read, or learned in some other way, that the animal was still living there. In the course of the 17th and into the 18th century, confusion about this alleged continuing existence of the aurochs prevailed.
Szalay (1938) considers the animal to have become extinct there before 1250. The aurochs is not mentioned in a single native Hungarian source, probably because of the late (10th century) appearance of the Hungarian people in this area and the absence in the Hungarian language of an original word for ‘aurochs’. It is true that some Hungarian museums possess aurochs horns from after 1250 (Bökönyi 1956); these have turned out to be of foreign origin (East Prussia), however, and were given to the Hungarian king Sigismund in the beginning of the 15th century.
A Field Guide to Mammals: North America north of Mexico (Peterson Field Guides) by William H. Burt