Fossils Unveil the Ancient Origins of Horses and Rhinos in India

November 22, 2014 3:34 PM

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Scientists may have just managed to fill in some major gaps in the evolution of a group of animals that includes horses and rhinos. The researchers have uncovered new fossils from the edge of a coal mine in India, revealing new insights into this group of animals.

Modern horses, rhinos and tapirs all belong to a biological group called Perissodactyla, also known as "odd-toed ungulates." Animals in this order have an uneven number of toes on their hind feet and a distinctive digestive system. While researchers have found remains of these creatures as far back ...

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