Ancient DNA points to origins of modern domestic horses

Genetic analysis shows that the ancestors of all modern horses lived in the Western Eurasian steppes more than 4,000 years ago. Via Nature.org » QUOTE Archaeologists have used ancient DNA samples to identify the genetic homeland of modern horses, where the animals were first domesticated around 4,200 years ago. According to a study published in Nature on… Continue reading Ancient DNA points to origins of modern domestic horses

Why modern day horses have only one toe

Close up of a horse's hoof. Photo: iStock.

They can reach speeds of more than 40km (c. 25 miles) an hour, clear hurdles more than eight feet high and even pirouette — and they manage it all with just one toe on each foot. Horses are singular in this fascinating characteristic, but it did not start out that way. While the modern day… Continue reading Why modern day horses have only one toe