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15,000 years ago our ancestors painted its silhouette on the walls of caves. The wild aurochs reigned supreme over such a vast territory, stretching from the western tip of Europe to the most eastern regions of Asia. Seven thousand years later, man gradually entered a sedentary lifestyle by domesticating him. Then, hunting and the development of agricultural land gradually decimated the aurochs.

In the Middle Ages the species had become so rare that some protective measures were taken (hunting ban, nursery …) in order to protect a prey of choice for kings.

In 1627 the last wild aurochs died out. The aurochs, the most majestic ox of all oxen, so long revered for its power, thus disappeared forever, taking with it more than two million years of history. The animal, which had once survived the terrible ice ages, could not resist the advance of man. But its long journey in history was not without traces, its heritage still being felt as much today, because the aurochs is the direct ancestor of all known domestic cattle breeds.