25 Sep '15, 2pm

These are the last truly wild horses on Earth

Experts have disagreed about whether to classify Przewalski’s as a different species for years. The team leading the current study examined the genomes of 11 wild horses, including living subjects and museum specimens more than a century old. They then compared their DNA to that of 28 domesticated horses – first domesticated around 5,000 years ago, according to fossil findings – and found some intriguing genetic differences regarding metabolism, cardiac disorders, muscle contraction, reproduction, and neurological pathways. Observation of living Przewalski’s also demonstrates the stark differences in demeanor (the wild equines are rather aggressive and have not been able to be domesticated) and appearance.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/these-are-the-last-truly-wild-horses...

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