America’s Wild Horses: Native Since the Ice Age

SINCE THE ICE AGE…so, does that mean there were cavemen who tamed horses? If so, they would be feral? Or does this mean, finally, that the term “wild horses” really means wild; what does this mean to their protective status? Can they be protected under the auspice of being endangered, or would that put them in the category with wolves, deer, and any other population that allows hunters to obtain license for when the government says the population is no longer endangered?

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: By Neil Clarkson of HorseTalk.co.nz

Today, the place of the wild horses that roam the western rangelands is a contentious political issue

Lower JawThe recent discovery of the skull and lower jawbone of an extinct species of large horse in Nevada has added another small piece to an extraordinarily complicated jigsaw that forms the picture of equine habitation in North America.

Thenew fossilsbelong to the extinct species Equus scotti, a large horse common in much of western North America during the Pleistocene Epoch – the “Ice Ages”.

The species has never before been reported in Nevada and the remains, dated at nearly 12,000 years in age, make them the youngest record of Equus scotti anywhere in North America.

Was this horse among the last of his kind to inhabit North America or did pockets persist even longer? Either way, the absence of horses from…

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