Image of the Day: Ice Age Horse 

Scientists have identified a new genus of extinct horse that lived in North America during the last ice age. 

The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff
Nov 29, 2017

Two skulls of the newly identified genus Harringtonhippus excavated from sites in Nevada (top) and Texas (bottom)ERIC SCOTT, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SAN BERNARDINOThe extinct New World stilt-legged horse was previously believed to be a close relative of living horse populations. But analyzing DNA from fossils found in sites in the Western US as well as Canada's Yukon territory, scientists have identified a new genus, Haringtonhippus, which is distinct any known living population of horse. 

P.D. Heintzman et al., “New genus of horse from Pleistocene North America,” eLife, doi:10.7554/eLife.29944, 2017. 

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