Friday, 2 March 2012

The Eohippus

The history of horses started 50 million years ago. No animal has contributed more to humanity than the horse.
Their history began 50 million years ago in the forests of the northern hemisphere. There lived the first ancient horse called Eohippus. It did not look like the horse we know today. The Eohippus was the same height as a fox and had a mottled coat.

Przewalski's horse

It was distributed only in central Europe and the southern inland area of ​​North America. Its back line was arched, the Eohippus’ neck was short. It had four toes at the front leg and three at the hind leg. In the course of evolution, its toes eventually evolved into the hoof. The middle toe on the hind feet and the second toe on the front feet evolved into the hoof over time so that it could carry more weight. The horse’s body became longer and the animal started eating grass. After their extinction in Europe, they were found only in North American grasslands. It was here that they were able to stay alive. At that time the animal reached a height of about 116 cm, this is larger than the Shetland pony.  This horse is similar to the Przewalski horse which is still alive today. The neck became longer, the coat changed and got a short mane. They moved from America to Europe and to Southeast Asian mainland. It evolved in Asia and Europe, into the ancient horse that we know today. It is the Przewalski's horse.

Pictures: google images

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