Meet Celeste, the cow from udder space.
Unfortunately, the owner does not know the cow’s breed. The owner bought this beautiful cow at an auction a few years ago.
Pictures of Celeste (and her baby) were shared on Reddit. The post has more than 60,000 likes.
Maybe this is what happens when a cow really does jump over the moon.
The first cows brought to the Americas by explorer Christopher Columbus originated from two extinct wild beasts from India and Europe, a new genetic analysis shows.
About 10,000 years ago, ancient people domesticated cows from wild aurochs (bovines that are 1.5 to two times as big as domestic cattle) in two separate events, one in the Indian subcontinent and one in Europe.
Paleolithic people probably captured young aurochs and selected for the most docile of the creatures. The “fierce and scary” creatures gradually became tamer, domesticated animals, McTavish said. Wild aurochs survived until 1627, when hunting and habitat loss drove the creatures to extinction.
New world cows
On Columbus’ second trip to the Americas in 1493, he brought cattle.
To untangle the history of these New World breeds, McTavish and her colleagues analyzed the genetic lineage of three cattle descended from the New World cows: Texas longhorn, Mexican Corriente and Romosinuano cattle from Colombia, and compared them with 55 other cattle breeds. [5 Misconceptions of Christopher Columbus]
The researchers found that the New World cows evolved from both Indian and European lineages.
The group hypothesizes that Indian cows made it to East Africa via trade routes, and cows from North Africa may have entered Spain when the Moors conquered the Iberian Peninsula.
The findings suggest that New World cows differ from breeds brought by the French and the British, such as Angus and Hereford, which evolved only in Europe, McTavish said.
“All these European breeds have a different evolutionary history than the Spanish breeds brought by Columbus,” McTavish said.
Because New World cows were adapted to frequent droughts and changing food supplies, “these traits could be useful to breeders developing hardier breeds of cattle, especially in the face of climate change,” McTavish said.
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