Archiv des Autors: Markus Bühler

Myotragus balearicus – an extinct goat with anthropomorphic face and reptile-like growth pattern

Long before the first primitive domestic goats were brought to the Balearic archipelago by early human settlers, another caprid already populated the islands of Majorca and Minorca. This remarkable ungulate, Myotragus balearicus, was about the size of a small domestic … Weiterlesen

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The Bronze Age feral goats of Majorca

The last post covered the Cretan kri-kri, an extremely archaic feral domestic goat which still highly resemebles its wild ancestors. There are however also other, very primitive feral goats on other parts of the world, like the wild goat of … Weiterlesen

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The kri-kri – a relict feral goat from the stone age of Crete

Goats were after dogs most probably the earliest animals which were domesticated by humans. This happened around 13,000 years ago in the Near East, when people started to keep and breed wild goats (Capra aegagrus) instead of just hunting them.  … Weiterlesen

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Swimming with the yellow-finned redfin perches of Lake Constance

Last weekend I visited once again Lake Constance, the third largest lake of Europe, which  is located in the very south of Germany. The northern border belongs mainly to Germany, whereas the southern border belongs to Switzerland. There is even … Weiterlesen

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Acrophyseter robustus – a new macropredatory killer sperm whale

I´ve been a big fan of archaic sperm whales since I read for the first time about Zygophyseter varolai in 2007. At that time, primitive sperm whales were still quite little known in general, and there were only a few … Weiterlesen

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A new face for Dorudon – archeocetes with stubbly beards

As I already wrote a in an earlier blogpost, archaeocetes were most probably not the skull-headed pseudo-reptilian horrors as which they have  been usually depicted since Basilosaurus was discovered in the first half of the 19th century. Sadly this trend … Weiterlesen

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Sky whale skeletons part III

The last part of the mini-series features the skeleton of a six metres long Cuvier´s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) near the Punta de Jandía lighthouse, at the southern tip of Fuerteventura. It´s also always good to have photos of various … Weiterlesen

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Sky whale skeletons part II

Part II of the sky whale mini series features a 19 m long fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) skeleton which is situated south of the airport of Salinas del Carmen at Fuerteventura. As you can see the skeleton, as well as … Weiterlesen

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Sky whale skeletons part I

Cetaceans are doubtless some of the most marvelous and most fantastic mammals which ever evolved. Nearly everything on them is weird by normal standards, even more so if you look at all the incredible anatomical adaptions of the original mammal … Weiterlesen

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Shit happens part VIII – even more antler accidents

This will be – at least so far- the last post of the shit happens-series. Not surprisingly the photos come again from Danish Museum for Hunting and Forestry at Hørsholm. The featured luckless individuals are again roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). … Weiterlesen

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