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Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) on farm.

The Muskox of Noyon Uul is a bovine of ancient Central Asia (Mongolia; north-central Siberia.). Long, dense hair. Broad head. Horns like a muskox’s. Bull-like muzzle. Carvings depicting an animal like a muskox were discovered in 1924 on two silver plaques excavated from Xiongnu (Hun) burial tombs dating from the first century b.c. in the Noyon Uul Mountains, Mongolia.

Muskox skulls dating from 1800–900 b.c. were found in 1948 on the Taymyr Peninsula, Siberia; they appear to have drill holes. Another subfossil skull was found in 1984 in the same vicinity.

Possible explanationsEdit

  • The Muskox (Ovibos moschatus), a large bovid with broad, flat horns and long, silky hair, is thought to have died out in Eurasia at the end of the Pleistocene, though it has survived in North America. Its apparent persistence nearly 8,000 years later has not been demonstrated conclusively.
  • Other explanations for the carvings have included an Argali wild sheep (Ovis ammon), a Yak (Bos grunniens), and a Takin (Budorcas taxicolor).

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