Fossil horse skeleton - ROM2007_9522_8


Fossil horse skeleton

Place Collected
North America, USA, California, Kern County
length=189; width=27; height=105 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassMammalia
    • OrderPerissodactyla
    • FamilyEquidae
    • GenusMerychippus
Object number: ROMVP07901
On view
Gallery Location:Reed Family Gallery of the Age of Mammals, Tertiary Megafaunas, Diets, Browsers
DescriptionAlthough horse evolution was complicated, over time horses became larger and faster. Their diet evolved from browsing to grazing, a change reflected in the increased height of their teeth. Mesohippus and Merychippus represent two distinctive stages in horse evolution. The earlier, sheep-sized Mesohippus had low-crowned teeth adapted for browsing. The later Merychippus had the high-crowned teeth of a grazer.
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