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2010-01-05 08:10:00

Sandra Olsen of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History describes how she and her colleagues, with support from NSF, discovered evidence of the early beginnings of horse domestication in Kazakhstan Paleolithic hunters in Europe and Asia began exploiting horses for meat thousands of years ago, yet the origin of horse domestication long has eluded archaeologists--for some captivating reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that for many centuries, horse skeletons did not significantly differ in...

2006-05-10 10:02:00

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands is donating more than two dozen horses and cattle, close relatives of now extinct species, to Latvia to help the Baltic country preserve its open lands, conservationists said on Wednesday. The 23 Konik horses and 2 wild cows will be introduced later this month in Latvia's Kemeri National Park, where plant and animal species are threatened because abandoned land is turning into closed forest, the Dutch-based conservation organization the Large...


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Wild Horse, Equus ferus
2014-04-11 11:56:13

The Wild Horse (Equus ferus) is a species of the genus Equus, which includes as subspecies the modern domesticated horse as well as the undomesticated Tarpan, now extinct, and the endangered Przewalski’s horse. The Przewalski’s Horse was saved from the edge of extinction and reintroduced with success in the wild. The Tarpan became extinct during the 19th century, although it was a possible ancestor of the domestic horse, and roamed the steppes of Eurasia at the time of domestication....

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2007-07-16 15:06:02

The Hucul or Carpathian Pony is a breed of draft horse that was originally found in the Carpathian Mountains. The Hucul is considered the most direct descendant of the now extinct Tarpan. It is named after the small ethnic group of Hutsuls. However, the horse breed is much older than the Hutsul people. This heavy horse possesses great endurance and hardiness. They are usually calm and are used for both trail riding and pulling timber in otherwise inaccessible forested areas. They are...

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2007-07-16 14:11:13

The Tarpan, Equus ferus ferus, is an extinct species of Eurasian wild horse. The last specimen died in captivity in Ukraine in 1918 or 1919. The Tarpan was first described in 1774 by Johann Friedrich Gmelin, who had first seen the horse in 1769 in the region of Bobrovsk, near Voronezh. Polish farmers often crossed the tarpan with their domestic horses. The result was a small horse breed, the konik. Koniks and other similar horse breeds are now being used to bring back the tarpan from...

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