Good morning. I hope this isn't a stupid question. I am an archaeologist...

Asked July 11, 2016, 8:04 AM EDT

Good morning. I hope this isn't a stupid question. I am an archaeologist (born in Wayne Co.), working in Greece. I have an ancient representation of a bull, for which the artist seems to have gone out of his way in emphasizing that he has a large hump. Somewhere I think I remember that big humps signify virility, or at least are perceived as such. From a practical perspective is this true? Do you know of a journal reference on humps that I might cite? Many thanks. Jack Davis Carl W. Blegen Professor University of Cincinnati

Wayne County Ohio

1 Response

Dear Jack

I suspect your image is that of a zebu or brahman-type bull. Their humps are more pronounced than those of english breeds like Hereford and Angus. I would start at this site:
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/cattle/
Steve Boyles, Ohio State Beef Extension Specialist, boyles.4@osu.edu