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They are 120,000 years old: Australian scientists about bison's origin

Scientists have uncovered the mystery of the origin of bison, which is one of the national symbols of Belarus. With the help of DNA analysis of the ancient remains they revealed that these animals have existed for around 120,000 years.

Such conclusions were voiced by Australian researchers.

They studied the genome of 64 bison. They found that these mammals appeared by crossing between the already extinct steppe bison and the ancestors of modern cattle.

Previously, it was believed that the bison appeard about 12,000 years ago.

The current discovery allows us to consider that the European giants are 10 times older in terms of their origin.

They are 120,000 years old: Australian scientists about bison's origin