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Equus Linnaeus 1758 (horse)

Osteichthyes - Perissodactyla - Equidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 42996

The genus Equus includes many extinct species in addition to the living domestic horse, zebras, and asses. It originated in North America and emigrated to the Old World during the Pliocene. In the 1920s a spectacular mass mortality assemblage of the primitive species Equus simplicidens was found at the Gidley Horse Quarry in Idaho. Before the end-Pleistocene megafaunal mass extinction several species of horses lived in North America. Pleistocene horses fossils are very common, but their taxonomy is still poorly resolved because many of the older species names were based on poor type specimens.

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Synonyms: Allozebra Trumler 1961 (no. 43903), Asinus Gray 1822 (no. 44360), Equus (Asinus) Gray 1822 (no. 162071), Equus (Plesippus) Matthew 1924 (no. 104796), Kolpohippus van Hoepen 1930 (no. 321760), Kraterohippus van Hoepen 1930 (no. 321759), Neohippus Abel 1913 (no. 117392), Onager Brisson 1762 (no. 49323), Plesippus Matthew 1924 (no. 50472), Sterrohippus van Hopen 1930 (no. 321761)

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

Parent taxon: Equini according to B. J. MacFadden 1998

Sister taxa: Astrohippus, Boreohippidion, Calippus, Dinohippus, Haringtonhippus, Heteropliohippus, Hippidion, Parapliohippus, Pliohippina, Pliohippus, Protohippina, Protohippus

Subtaxa: Asinus africanus, Equus (Amerhippus), Equus (Asinus) kiang, Equus (Dolichohippus), Equus (Hemionus), Equus (Hesperohippus), Equus (Hippotigris), Equus (Plesippus) crenidens, Equus (Sussemionus), Equus africanus, Equus alaskae, Equus asinus, Equus australis, Equus caballus, Equus calobatus, Equus capensis, Equus coliemensis, Equus complicatus, Equus conversidens, Equus curvidens, Equus excelsus, Equus fraternus, Equus fromanius, Equus giganteus, Equus hatcheri, Equus holmesi, Equus idahoensis, Equus intermedius, Equus jubatus, Equus laurentius, Equus leidyi, Equus mexicanus, Equus nalaikhaensis, Equus nearcticus, Equus nevadanus, Equus niobrarensis, Equus nobisi, Equus pacificus, Equus parastylidens, Equus pectinatus, Equus przewalskii, Equus pseudaltidens, Equus quagga, Equus santaeelenae, Equus scotti, Equus semiplicatus, Equus stenonis, Equus tabeti, Equus taeniopus, Equus yunnanensis, Equus zebra, Onager onager, Plesippus francescana

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Ecology: ground dwelling grazer