Equus occidentalis

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Equus occidentalis
Equus occidentalis.jpg
Skeleton from the La Brea tar pits
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Species: E. occidentalis
Binomial name
Equus occidentalis
Owen, 1863
Skull

Equus occidentalis or the Western horse, was a Pleistocene species of horse, now extinct, that inhabited North America.[1]

This species represents the larger end of the prehistoric horse spectrum - it was about the size of a mustang, weighting up to 519 kg (1144 lbs).[2] It was a stoutly built animal and resembled the extinct quagga or the modern plains zebra, although it was not a close relative of either or these species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Klide, A. M. (1989). "Overriding vertebral spinous processes in the extinct horse, Equus occidentalis". American Journal of Veterinary Research 50 (4): 592–593. PMID 2712429.  edit
  2. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Turn+your+head+and+roar%3a+can+diagnosing+disease+in+fossils+shed+light+...-a081827791