Habitat & Geography

The exact habitat of the Aurochs is unknown, but there is much evidence to suggest that they preferred to live in a swamp or swamp like forests.  Some of these niches would have been river valleys, river deltas and bogs (Aurochs 2009). The river otter also lives in a river valley. If you want more information about the otter click here! However, there is also evidence to suggest that it also could have lived in a drier area such as an open plain or dry forest.  









These environments are found all over the globe, so it was likely that the Aurochs lived in various other places. The Bos primingenius is most likely to have evolved in India around 1.5-2 million years ago and, than later migrated to the Middle East, Northern Africa, and most of Europe.


During the time that this ancient bovine lived and roamed, it greatly impacted the biodiversity of its habitat. Many plant and animals species co-evolved with the Aurochs, which greatly impacted our world today.  The ecosystem greatly benefited from these large herbivores along with the other large herbivores like, European bison, wild horses, deer or ibex (Ronald et al. 2013). Some of the Aurochs were later domesticated. There is fossil evidence to suggest that the first Aurochs to be domesticated were found in Middle East/Europe and India (McTavish, et al. 2013).  After its domestication it was transported all over the globe and, that is why today the modern cow is found almost everywhere. To find out what these animals looked like follow the link to the form and function page! Also if you want more information on the habitat as well as the from and function of the Aurochs visit this website.





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