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The Noble Beasts of Lithuania

Lithuania’s vast forest tracts were some of the last havens for two species of spectacular wildlife, the European bison and the aurochs, or stumbras and tauras respectively in Lithuanian. Archeologists have found images of these animals in cave paintings, clay figures, and carvings from the Stone Age. Similarly, the stumbras …

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Lithuanian History Highlights: the Noble Beasts of Lithuania Part I- Stumbras

By: William J. Morrison THE NOBLE BEASTS OF THE LITHUANIA In 1517 Maciej from  Miechow, Master of the Krakow Academy included the following in a description h of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: “There are large territories covered with primeval forest, completely unpopulated, spreading for 10,15 and 25 miles. Only …

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