publication . Article . 2015

Le zèbre ibérique : de quel animal s’agit-il ?

Carlos Nores; Arturo Morales Muñiz; Laura Llorente Rodríguez; E. Andrew Bennett; Eva-Maria Geigl;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2015
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
Abstract
International audience; Seven centuries before the discovery of the African zebras by the Europeans, the names zebro andzebra were given to an enigmatic equid widely reported in the Iberian Peninsula during the MiddleAges. Roughly 150 toponyms deriving from the words zebro/a have been recorded in Iberia startingfrom the IXth century A.D. together with 65 Portuguese Forais and 16 Spanish Fueros (i.e. town laws)referred to these animals as onagri or zebros – Latin and Romance etimology respectively – duringthe XIIth and XIIIth centuries. However, the precise biological nature of the animal remains unclearto this day. Four hypotheses have been put forward to explai...
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free text keywords: Equus hydruntinus, European wild horses, feral equids, Iberian zebro, onager, [SHS.ANTHRO-BIO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Biological anthropology, Animal Science and Zoology, Anthropology, Biodiversity, Taxonomy, Toponymy, Portuguese, language.human_language, language, Taxonomy (biology), Geography, Ancient history, Peninsula, geography.geographical_feature_category, Nomenclature, Middle Ages, Romance
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