European Water Buffalo

Bubalus murrensis

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Genus information

Bubalus is an extant genus of bovines, called water buffaloes and anoas. Several species are still extant nowadays, like the Lowland Anoa and the Water Buffalo. The genus contains several extinct species that lived during Pleistocene and Holocene epoch in Eurasia. Typical characteristics are their curved, flat horns and their thick, muscular legs. Most of the species are bound to aquatic habitats, like floodplains and wet forests. They are herbivores and feed on grasses and leaves.

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Bovidae

Eurasia

Pleistocene to Holocene

Species information

The European Water Buffalo, B. murrensis, lived during the Pleistocene epoch of Europe. It very much resembles a Water Buffalo, but its horns were more triangular-shaped. A skull that was found in Germany had a total width of 107 cm! The European Water Buffalo lived in river valleys and was bound to aquatic habitats to feed on (aquatic) vegetation.

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Bubalus murrensis

Berckhemer, 1927

Europe

Pleistocene

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2.8 m

1.8 m

1.100 kg

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