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Bison history – North America

By |2018-04-09T23:06:21+00:00August 8th, 2017|Environment, North America|

Bison history: A bison losing his warm winter coat Bison or buffalo? Bison (we used to call them buffalo) are a kind of cattle, like cows. Like other cows such as the aurochs, bison came originally from Asia, and they probably travelled over a land bridge to get to North America. This might have been around 10,000 BC. The bison [...]

Who domesticated cattle? Central Asia

By |2018-04-18T23:54:16+00:00June 12th, 2017|Central Asia|

History of cows: Cows in a field The wild auroch Cattle are the tame version of the wild aurochs that used to live on the grass plains of Asia, Africa, and Europe. About 5000 BC, people in Central Asia began to keep tame cattle. At first people just kept cattle for their meat [...]

Environment of Central Asia

By |2018-04-18T09:54:08+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Environment|

Central Asian steppe By the time the first Neanderthals reached Central Asia, maybe about 100,000 BC, most of Central Asia was covered by hundreds of miles of tall grass, like the prairies of South Dakota or Nebraska in North America. There were hardly any trees, and not much water. We call this grassland [...]

What is an aurochs? Central Asian Environment

By |2018-04-13T11:21:22+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Environment|

Cave painting of a herd of aurochs (about 14000 BC) Around fifty million years ago, after the dinosaurs died, large mammals started to evolve from smaller mammals that came earlier. Because grass had evolved only recently, about 100 million years ago, there weren't yet very many animals that ate grass, so some of these larger [...]

What was the Silk Road? Central Asian Economy

By |2018-09-26T08:36:48+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Economy|

Mongol herdsman Hunting wild animals The first people moved into Central Asia about 50,000 BC. They were probably following the big animals that they hunted for food and leather skins - the wild aurochs and the wild horse. The great grasslands of Central Asia were a good place for aurochs and horses, because [...]