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It is part of the order of Perissodactyla (odd-toed ungulates), whose members divide all hoof feets and an uneven number of teeth on each leg, as well as movable top-lip and similar toothwork. That means that a horse has a lineage in common with a tapir and a rhinoceros. The group of specimens seems to have specialised in living in tropical woods, but while tapir and some rhinos have maintained their specialisation in the jungles, contemporary equines are suited to living on dry soils in the much tougher steppe climates.
The other Equus types are adjusted to a wide range of interconditions. An ancestor of the horse, the early horse went on several extended toe, a shelter to live on the humid, smooth soils of the agelands. Simultaneously, as the plains began to appear, the horse's precursors had to be able to reach higher velocities in order to escape the critters.
They are thought to have developed into horses, and the primordial order of specimens is derived from a fossil that palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh found in North America in the 1870s. From Eohippus to the horse (Equus), the Eohippus horse was popularised by Thomas Huxley and became one of the best known illustrations of a clear-cut evolution.
Horse evolutive line became a shared characteristic of biological textbook, and the succession of transitionossils was compiled by the American Museum of Natural History into an exhibition that highlighted the horse's progressive, "linear" development. Ever since the number of equine fibroids has grown, the real evolutionary development from Eohippus to Equus has been much more complicated and multi-faceted than originally assumed.
A more intricate style with a number of twigs in different direction replaces the immediate transition from the former to the latter, of which the horse is only one of many. In 1951  George Gaylord Simpson realized for the first time that the horse was not the "target" of the equine line as a whole, but rather the only species of the many horse lines that survived.
About 50 million years ago, in the early to mid-Eocene, Eohippus passed seamlessly into Orohippus through a number of changes. 14 ] Although his name means "mountain horse", Orohippus was not a real horse and did not dwell in the hills. Like Eohippus in height, it had a leaner torso, an oblong forehead, leaner forelegs and longer rear limbs, all of which are features of a good dove.
While Orohippus was still on the ground with his feet, the atrophied external toe of Eohippus was not present in Orohippus; there were four toe on each front and three toe on each rearbone. One of the most tragic changes between Eohippus and Orohippus was in the teeth: the first premolars were dwarfed, the last premolars moved into a molear in form and functionality, and the combs on the tooth became more prominent.
Either factor gave the Orohippus tooth greater grindability, indicating that Orohippus was eating thicker plants. The North American weather became dryer in the later Eocene and the early phases of the Oligocean era (32-24 mya), and the first grasslands began to develop. Approximately 40 ya, Mesohippus ("middle horse") evolved abruptly in reaction to the intense new pressure of adaptation, starting with the Mesohippus caldera and soon followed by Mesohippus westo.
Mesohippus was one of the most common species of mammal in North America in the early Oligocene. He went on three forefeet on each of his front and rear legs (the first and fifth toe were preserved but were small and were not used when walking). She had much bigger brain halves and a small, flat recess on the cranium, which is very detailled in the case of contemporary bronchos.
Miohippus, the remaining steppe populations, are considered ancestors of Parahippus, a small Atlantic horse the age of a small Atlantic horse with an elongated head and a face reminiscent of today's horse. His four bicuspids were similar to the molars; the first were small and almost non-existent.
An entire and well-preserved frame of the North American hipparion shows an elephant the height of a small one. Like the Equus, it had two long additional long toe on both sides of the hooves, which were hardly outwardly discernible as cornified stumps. The Dinohippus was the most abundant type of equidae in North America in the later Pliocene.
The Plesippus is often seen as an intermediary step between Dinohippus and the existing Equus family. Plesippus was the original species of the famed fossil found near Hagerman, Idaho. These petrified remnants were initially named Plesippus schoshonensis, but further investigations by palaeontologists revealed that the oldest remnants of the Equus form.
22 ] Their approximate mean mass was 425 kg, about the height of an Arab horse. Cranium of an enormous dead horse. After these results the species Equus seems to have originated from a Dinohippus-like forefather ~4-7 aya. One of the subgenera E. (Equus) developed into the stilted horse of the New World (NWSLH).
Later, as part of the Great American Interchange, population of this genus came to South America from Panama soon after the isthmus was formed and developed into what is now known as Hippidion ~2. 5 million years ago. 28 ] However, the geographical origins of the close relative E. Feru have not been clarified.
Nonetheless, genetics on existing and Pleistocene fossils indicate two species, one of which had a Holartic spread from Europe over Asia and North America and would become the foundation inventory of the contemporary domestic horse. 29 ] The other populace seems to be limited to North America.
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