The essay compares the back-breeding of the extinct aurochs by the German zoologists Lutz and Heinz Heck with the reconstruction of past Germanic languages and mythologies by Jacob Grimm. It then points to similarities between current rewilding projects and the absorption of the Hecks’ back-breeding venture into the broader National Socialist vision of racial rewilding in the conquered eastern territories. Finally, it argues that the aurochs resurrection heralds the coming of a future age of total bioengineering.

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