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Etruscan wolf
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Sabre - toothed tiger
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Etruscan bear
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Auvergne bear
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European hippopotamus
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Southern mammoth
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Late Pilocene Rhinoceros
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Urus
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Steppe bison
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Wild horse
Etruscan wolf
Sabre - toothed tiger
Etruscan bear
Auvergne bear
European hippopotamus
Southern mammoth
Late Pilocene Rhinoceros
Urus
Steppe bison
Wild horse

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Description

The Urus was the ancestor of domestic cattle: probably originated in India between 2 and 1.8 million years ago, at the beginning of the second half the Early Pleistocene, meanwhile, the first known remains in Europe date back to the beginning of Middle Pleistocene (800,000 years ago circa). It stood out from domestic cattle mainly for its size and the shape of its horns: it could reach a shoulder height of about 1.80 meters, the horns were robust and shaped like a lyre, straight with the point curved upwards, and very long. In winter the Urus gathered in big herds, meanwhile, in summer the herds were made up of female and small calves, the males lived in separate herds or alone. They lived primarily in the open spaces of swampy environments and humid forests.

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