Why A Horse Has Only One Toe, Daily Racing Form, 1921-03-21


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WHY A HORSE HAS ONLY ONE TOE Hunting fossil animals is one of the most fas ¬ cinating sports says Enns Mills in his new l ook Waiting in the Wilderness in which he tells some of the queer things he has learned about fossil horses horsesThe The oldest discovered fossil of the horse belong to the eocene epoch perhaps four million years ago He is known as eohippus or dawn horse At that time he was not more than a foot high and had four toes and a rudimentary fifth one oil each foot By the following epoch the oligocene he had grown to the height of two feet and had re ¬ duced the number of toes to three threeDuring During the next epoch the miocene the great plains region of tlie west was uplifted and be ¬ came a vast grassy prairie The horse evidently benefited by grass changed and developed rapidly His legs lengthened he at last came to hia middle fingernail one toe

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Library of Congress Record: https://lccn.loc.gov/unk82075800