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In the Beginning


In the beginning, horses were small, polydactyl animals roaming the earth. What do you know about these early equine ancestors? Take this quiz and find out. I'll score your quiz and return the results to you via email. Have fun!


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How many separate species of horse ancestors have evolved between the earliest identified prehistoric horse and the modern day horse?
about 30
about 70
about 110

Which of the following is the most evolutionary recent prehistoric horse named before the name Equus was used?
Miohippus
Pliohippus
Plesihippus

Which of the following is not a related species to the horse ?
elephant
boar
hippopotamus

What of the following equine ancestors was not present during the Pliocene epoch?
Hipparion
Protohippus
Mesohippus

According to some scientists, which of the following is the most direct ancestor to the wild ass family and zebra races?
Hippidion
Hypohippus
Hipparion

Which of the following equine ancestors had more than one toe on each foot?
Merychippus
Equus parvulus
Plesippus

What did the very earliest prehistoric equine ancestors eat?
insects and small mammals
leaves
grass

Which is the earliest prehistoric horse ancestor currently identified?
Hyracotherium
Epihippus
Orohippus

How many years elapsed during the horse's evolution between the earliest identified prehistoric horse and the modern day horse?
20 million years
60 million years
120 million years

Which of the following equine relatives is considered the original wild horse and progenitor of today's horse breeds?
Tarpan
Pryzewalskii's
Kulan

Your comments please or suggestions for future quiz topics


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