Anchitheriinae

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Anchitheriinae
Temporal range: 42.0–3.6Ma
Middle Eocene to early Pliocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Subfamily: †Anchitheriinae
Leidy, 1869
Genera

The Anchitheriinae are an extinct subfamily of the Perissodactyla family Equidae, the same family which includes modern horses, zebras and donkeys. This subfamily is more primitive then the living members of the family. The group first appeared with Mesohippus in North America during the middle Eocene and thrived until the late Miocene. The subfamily continued in Eurasia with the genus Sinohippus until the early Pliocene, when it finally went extinct. This subfamily were considered browsers with their more ansestral low-crowned molars, in contrast with the modern, specialized grazer species today.

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