27 Feb '12, 7pm

Ancient global warming shrunk horses down to housecat size

Ancient global warming shrunk horses down to housecat size

Researchers led by Ross Secord of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Jonathan Bloch of the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida were able to track these changes over time using a trove of fossils from the southern Bighorn Basin in Wyoming. Measurements of horses' teeth found in the area suggested a distinct pattern of shrinking and growing body size over the PETM time period. At first, that finding seemed like a mistake, Bloch told Livescience, because the assumption had been that horses in the PETM were all uniformly teeny.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/ancient-...

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