Western horse

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Western horse
Temporal range: Pleistocene
Skeleton from the La Brea tar pits
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Species: E. occidentalis
Binomial name
Equus occidentalis
Owen, 1863
Skull

The Western horse (or Equus occidentalis) was a species of horse that inhabited North America during the Pleistocene.[1] It is now extinct.

It was a stoutly built animal. It resembled the extinct quagga or the modern zebra, although it was not a close relative of either or these species.

References[change | change source]

  1. Klide, A. M. (1989). "Overriding vertebral spinous processes in the extinct horse, Equus occidentalis". American Journal of Veterinary Research 50 (4): 592–593. PMID 2712429.