Unborn Foal Discovered In 47-Million-Year-Old Horse Fossil

November 10, 2014 6:32 PM

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Unborn Foal Discovered In 47-Million-Year-Old Horse Fossil

When paleontologists discovered the 47-million-year fossil of a prehistoric horse in 2000, they didn't yet realize a rare treasure was hidden inside.

Now, high-resolution X-ray technology has revealed the Eurohippus messelensis mare was pregnant. In fact, the size of the unborn foal discovered in the fossil indicates that it was close to term, and its position in the mother's uterus indicates the mother and foal did not die during labor.

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