Remains of a horse thought to be from the Ice Age are actually from just a few hundred years ago, a new study reveals. The ‘Lehi horse’, uncovered from the city of Lehi in Utah, was thought to have lived in the Pleistocene Epoch – which lasted from about 2,580,000 to 11,700 years ago. However, new analysis of its remains – and distinctive traces of damage to its bones caused by a human on a saddle – put its death in the late 17th century or maybe even later, after it was raised, ridden and cared for by Native American people. Researchers generated 3D imagery of bones from the Lehi horse in order to identify skeletal features linked with horseback riding. DNA readings also indicated it was a female domestic horse, likely cared for as part of a breeding herd after becoming injured and no longer able to transport people. Lehi horse’s almost complete skeleton – about the size of a Shetland pony – was originally unearthed in 2018 when a Utah couple was doing landscaping in their backyard near the city of Provo. Study coauthor Isaac Hart of the university of Utah compares a healthy talus bone from the Lehi… Read full this story
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