13 Oct 2010

Vet forgets basic anatomy

The Uffington White Horse is “a highly stylised prehistoric hill figure, 374 feet (110 m) long, formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. The figure is situated on the upper slopes of White Horse Hill in the English civil parish of Uffington (in the county of Oxfordshire)”.

The figure has been shown to date back some 3,000 years, to the Bronze Age, by means of optically stimulated luminescence dating carried out following archaeological investigations in 1994.

It has long been debated whether the chalk figure was intended to represent a horse or some other animal. However, it has been called a horse since the eleventh century at least.

Today the BBC has published an article in which a retired vet, Olaf Swarbrick claims the figure is that of a dog. A hunting dog at full stretch to be more precise.








I do think however, Mr SwarBRICK is aptly named… as evidence I offer that picture of the dog on the left. As you can see, the forelegs of the dog bend FORWARD. On the other hand, the forelegs of a horse bend backward as shown in the photo in the right, and as indicated in the picture of the Uffington White Horse.