How five became one: the odd history of horses' hooves

How five became one: the odd history of horses' hooves
 

We’re so used to seeing horses, we often forget just what a bunch of weirdos they are. Let’s start with their feet: can you name another animal with only one hoof? If you said cow, sheep or goat, then you need to take a closer look next time you’re on the farm, because they all have two hooves per foot. Deer – likewise. The next curious question: how did such a powerful animal come to have an upstart ape lead it around by the mouth, and sit on it?
The evolutionary history of horses is relatively well understood, but there are still some gaps in our knowledge, and new discoveries continue to... read more

 
7 March 2018 in Science &Technology, Views: 40
Source: Guardian
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