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Class Mammalia
Order Perissodactyla
Family Equidae

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Equus and Plesippus—One-toed Horses // Hippidion—Hippidion Horses // Nannippus—Gazelle-horses

Equidae—Horses

Although horses had most of their evolutionary history in North American, occasionally sending emigrants to Eurasia and South America, North American diversity had decreased by the beginning of the Pleistocene to only two or three genera: Equus, Plesippus (often placed as a subgenus of Equus), and Nannippus. Equus lasted to the great megafaunal extinction at the end of the Pleistocene; Plesippus (or Equus [Plesippus]) was essentially Blancan to perhaps into the Irvingtonian; Nannippusapparently was extinct by 2.2 mya (Morgan and Lucas 2003).

Literature.

Morgan and Lucas 2003.

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Last Update: 4 Apr 2014