55-Million-Year-Old Fossils Suggest Ancestor of Rhinos, Horses Originated in India

November 24, 2014 3:25 PM

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An international group of paleontologists has discovered a horse-like animal that lived in what is now India during Eocene epoch, about 55 million years ago. The discovery fills in a major gap in understanding of the evolution of Perissodactyla, a group of animals that includes horses and rhinos.

Perissodactyla (perissodactyls) is a small order of hoofed mammals, containing three extant families: Equidae (horses), Tapiridae (tapirs), and Rhinocerotidae (rhinoceroses).

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