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Bringing back the extinct Aurochs

A team of scientists working with the Tauros Programme are trying to bring the extinct Aurochs back to Europe. The Aurochs was an ancient bovine breed that stood about 7 feet tall at the shoulder, 2 feet taller than their modern descendants, and were last seen in Europe in the 17th Century.

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1979 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified

9 December

Smallpox was an infectious disease caused by either of two virus variants, Variola major and Variola minor. The disease was originally known in English as the “pox” or “red plague“; the term “smallpox” was first used in Britain in the 15th century to distinguish variola from the “great pox” (syphilis). The last naturally occurring case of smallpox (Variola minor) was diagnosed on 26 October 1977. Continue reading “1979 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified”

1937 – Balinese Tiger declared extinct

27 September 1937 – last recorded specimen shot

The Bali tiger (Panthera tigris balica), is an extinct tiger subspecies that was native to the Indonesian island of Bali. Continue reading “1937 – Balinese Tiger declared extinct”

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