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Elba, the 9,300-year old Spanish cowherd who was lactose intolerant

"Death caught up with Elba on a Spanish hillside 9,300 years ago. She is thought to have been following her herd of aurochs, an extinct breed of large cattle, along an ancestral trail that is now a paved road. In fact, it is the same road that Google suggests as the best route between the localities of O Courel and Pedrafita do Cebreiro, in Galicia’s Lugo province, in northwestern Spain.

Her herd was made up of three aurochs: an enormous male with massive horns and two younger specimens. It might have been early spring or early winter, and the ground was covered by a blanket of snow thin enough to make for easy walking, yet thick enough to conceal some of the geographical features lying beneath.

As a result, she did not see the hole that had opened up in the earth. All four of them fell into the gap created by the collapse of the roof of a cave known today as Cova do Uro, or Aurochs’ Cave in the regional Galician language .... "
tjj Posted by tjj
27th July 2017ce

Comments (2)


“If we saw her today, we wouldn’t look twice at her,” says Vidal Romaní. “I know several women from the mountains of Lugo who look a lot like her.”
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
30th July 2017ce
a small and poignant drama played out in the mists of the deep past. Very informative piece. Posted by skiverboo
30th July 2017ce
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