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How Did Horses Evolve

Did horses evolved from sea horses ?

Good question.

I might have heard about this from another story. Though, people should be more polite to others when answering a certain question.

Horses never evolved from sea horses. Seahorses comprise the fish genus Hippocampus within the family Syngnathidae, in order Syngnathiformes. Syngnathidae also includes the pipefishes. "Seahorse" comes from the Ancient Greek hippos meaning “horse” and kampos meaning “sea monster”.The horse (Equus ferus caballus) is a hooved (ungulate) mammal, a subspecies of the family Equidae.

Anatomical evidence, supported by molecular, physical, and genetic evidence, demonstrates that seahorses are highly modified pipefish. The fossil record of seahorses, however, is very sparse. The best known and best studied fossils are specimens of H. guttulatus (though literature more commonly refers to them under the synonym of H. ramulosus), from the Marecchia River Formation of Rimini Province, Italy, dating back to the Lower Pliocene, about 3 million years ago.

By about 15,000 years ago, Equus ferus was a widespread holarctic species. Horse bones from this time period, the late Pleistocene, are found in Europe, Eurasia, Beringia, and North America. Yet by 10,000 years ago, the horse became extinct in North America and rare elsewhere. The reasons for this extinction are not fully known, but one theory notes that extinction in North America paralleled human arrival. Another theory points to climate change, noting that approximately 12,500 years ago, the grasses characteristic of a steppe ecosystem gave way to shrub tundra, which was covered with unpalatable plants.

So you see, sea horses are only called by the name because of the appearance.


Did zebras evolve from horses?

Wild horses (Equus ferus) and zebras (Equus quagga & Equus zebra) share an ancestor .

Equus simplicidens is a common ancestor ~3.6 mya

In the late Pliocene Equus idahoensis dispersed into diverging populations. Some gave rise to first caballoid (true) horses 1.7 MYA that are ancestors to modern domestic horses.

Zebras descend from these Equus populations ~2.8 MYA and still have the ancient stenonid (zebroid) pattern of enamel in their lower check teeth. Zebras dentition resembles the ancient Equus more than the Tarpan or Przewalski horses.

Did horses evolve from unicorns?

How can horses evolve from something that exists only in fairy tales and a little baby girl's bed-time story? Unicorns do not exist and have never since the beginning of time, so the answer is no!

Have horses evolved much in the last 200 years?

Have horses evolved much in the last 200 years?Observable evolution doesn’t happen on such a short scale of time for such a large species. Evolution happens over millennium and eons, not centuries.[1]Footnotes[1] Page on

Why did horses evolve to have hoofs instead of paws?

It is generally believed that the earliest ancestors of horses did in fact have several toes on each foot, much like a dog. Fossilized remains have been discovered that are believed to be the horse’s predecessors that were about the size of a fox. This animal was called the EOHIPPUS or DAWN HORSE and had several ‘hooved’ toes on each foot. it is believed that this animal became a ‘prey’ animal and began to spend much of their time running from predators. As such, it spent much of the time ‘up’ on it’s middle toe, rather than the flat footed gait it had used to have. Since these other toes were no longer used, they began to wither away, it is said that two of the toes ‘migrated’ up the horse’s leg, one coming to rest in the area on the inside of the horse’s leg, which is called a ‘chestnut, it about 2 inches long and has the texture of a wart. Some people peel them off, and I have heard that some horses will also peel them off with their teeth. The other ‘toe remnant’ ended up at the back of the horse’s fetlock. It is much smaller about the size of a pea. It is covered by hair but can be felt by feeling the back of the fetlock.

What if humans evolved from horses instead of apes?

I wasn’t going to answer this question, but I see you’re being victim of the literal-net.Your question is WHAT IF….? not DID….? This is about a fictitious world, not asking for a lesson on ours (or whatever fictitious version of ours some of the answers seem to believe.)We might have less binocular vision, although a lot can change during the evolutionary.Our dietary needs would make more efficient use of the land (being able to digest grass somewhat directly).Society might be extra rough on the men since the whole alpha male problem is very much a pronounced issue for horses. I could see a matriarchal society developing with sex selection to keep the number of guys down to maybe 10–20% of the population. Great for the guys because lots of women, and great for the gals because you don’t have roving mobs of guys fighting all the time with technological weapons. Fortunately, that’s only an issue during certain seasons.We’d still have intrigues, love affairs, jealousy, …And possibly ever gamer culture.I did point out we were talking about a fictitious world, after all.

What is horse trading and how did the term evolve?

The term horse trading actually came from the practice of people buying, selling and trading horses. When a transaction took place the seller would try to hide as many of the horses faults, talk the horse up, make all types of claims to drive the price of the horse up to maximize his profit.The buyer, on the other hand, would be busy trying to drive the price of the horse down by trying to find all it’s faults, real or not. They would lie and act like they were seeing all types of impossible things on the horse just to drive the price down.After a while, like with many phrases, when you suspected someone of trying to pull a fast one on you in any type of business or polictic, they were called horse traders. The first mention of this practice in America was in 1893 New York Times article.The fact that America had taken to Horse Trading because it encouraged a competitive market is a little hard to explain. There was legistation proposed in the 1890 that would prohibit business transactions that involved bad business dealing - but it was shot down by the American people.Here is a link below to a short Wiki article. You can try Googling horse trading and there was several historcal pages regarding the term.Horse trading - Wikipedia

The modern horse Equus evolved from?

Awesome question.

It´s Hyracotherium.

And Eusthenopteron might be the ancestor of all tetrapods, so it could be considered a candidate as well.

When did Equus first evolve?

The horse (Equus caballus) is a hoofed (ungulate) mammal, one of eight living species of the family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began to domesticate horses around 4500 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC; by 2000 BC the use of domesticated horses had spread throughout the Eurasian continent. Although most horses today are domesticated, there are still endangered populations of the Przewalski's Horse, the only remaining true wild horse, as well as more common feral horses which live in the wild but are descended from domesticated ancestors.