- Maker: Max Landsberg (presumably)
- Date: late 19th - early 20th century
What is a Simmental cow?
This Simmental cow is part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine’s educational collection. The collection shows us various breeds of cattle and teaches students how to distinguish between different breeds based on physical characteristics.
What is artificial selection?
Darwin’ ideas on natural selection were inspired by the process of artificial selection that breeders used to create livestock. They would select animals with desirable traits and had them mate with each other. This way, for instance, breeds of cattle with extraordinary muscle development were bred. Darwin presumed nature worked in a similar way: it selects those organisms with a higher chance of survival.