During our stay at the refuge of Muleta Class 6 students explained everything they learnt to other students. Fran and Ali talked about the Myotragus Balearicus.
Myotragus balearicus, ‘Balearian mouse-goat’, also known as the Balearic Islands Cave goat, a species of the subfamily Caprinae which lived on the islands of Majorca and Menorca until its extinction around 5000 years ago. This animal was previously described as an ‘odd goat’, but since the genetic analyses done, it seems that Myotragus was more closely related to sheep than to goats.
It was quiet small in size, 50 cm high at the shoulders and weighed between 50 and 70 kilogrames.
From the studies by computerized tomography of several jaws of Myotragus, the researchers have found that the sequences in which teeth appear in this species is different from that of the current bovines, since both the definitive incisors and the premolars came out relatively early.