VIENNA (AFP) - Photos of a man aboard a train went viral on Wednesday (Aug 22) due to his unusual travelling companion: a horse.
The man reportedly tried to board two trains in the state of Styer with his horse named Frieda. But train conductors refused to continue the journey with Frieda aboard.
It has long been believed that the last remaining truely wild horses on Earth was the Przewalski’s horse surviving from the days before horses were domesticated.
Infact, a new study has re written the horse family tree. The small pot-bellied Przewalski’s horse is actually decsended from domesticated horses that escaped their owners, said a report on Thursday in the journal Science.
All horses on the planet come from domesticated stock.
Researchers said an examination of the genomes of dozens of ancient and modern horses concluded that Przewalski’s horse, saved from extinction in the 20th century, descended from horses domesticated in northern Kazakhstan some 5,500 years ago by people in what is called the Botai culture.
“This was a big surprise,”
“The world lost truly wild horses perhaps hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, but we are only just now learning this fact, with the results of this research,” said University of Kansas zooarchaeologist Sandra Olsen, one of the researchers.
“This means there are no living wild horses on Earth — that’s the sad part,” said Olsen.
The history of people and horses has been intertwined for millennia.
“Horse domestication was a critical innovation,” said archaeologist Alan Outram of the University of Exeter in England, who helped lead the study.
“Horse riding was the fastest form of transport for thousands of years, from the Copper Age over 5,000 years ago until the steam train. Even then it was really only the motor car that replaced it on a wide scale. Horses revolutionized human mobility, trade and modes of warfare,” Outram added.
The research showed that the Botai culture offers the earliest-known evidence for horse domestication, but that their horses were not the ancestors of modern domesticated breeds, so as such, “the origin of modern domestic horses must be sought elsewhere.”
"We must continue the search for the true ancestors of modern breeds by gathering samples from places like Ukraine, western Russia, Hungary, Poland and that region,” Olsen added.
A bride-to-be was brought to tears when her fiancé arranged for her beloved horse to visit her in the hospital.
Christine Carbonneau was feeling depressed after recovering from a monthlong induced coma after being struck down with pneumonia following an operation to remove an abdominal blockage.
While recovering at a long-term facility in Land O’Lakes, Florida, the 65-year-old got the surprise of her life when her fiancé Gary Stephens decided to bring her rescue horse “Ireland” from their home in Thonotosassa, Florida, to cheer her up.
65-year-old patient was moved to tears when her fiancé arranged a visit with her rescue horse, Ireland. © Gary Stephens / SWNS.com
“When Christine woke up at the end of January, she wasn’t able to talk and just too tired to write,
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If you have ever studied Monty Roberts Join-Up then the following research might not come as a surprise, but it's always good to have these things confirmed by a creditable study! Psychology researchers at The University of Sussex found that horses can tell the difference between dominant and submissive body postures in humans and much prefer to approach people who appear submissive.
A submissive body posture is one where we slouch, keeping arms close to our bodies and legs close together with knees softly bent - basically taking up as little space as possible. In a dominant stance on the other hand, we stand up tall, chest out, with arms away from our bodies and legs apart, therefore taking up more space - on the train or bus this is often know as 'Manspreading'!
The researchers worked with 30 domestic horses and used female handlers dressed in similar clothing including a neck warmer which covered their faces up to their eyes so that their facial expressions couldn't provide any cues. Each handler also gave every horse a food reward whilst standing in a neutral position to begin with. Then during the trial two handlers, one in a dominant stance and the other in a submissive one, stood with their backs against a neutral background, about five-six feet apart. Each demonstrator also got to act dominant as well as passive in different tests.
This research revealed that the horses were much more likely to approach the person displaying a submissive posture.
An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that roamed North America during the last ice age.
Before this study, these thin-limbed, lightly built horses were thought to be related to the Asiatic wild ass or onager, or simply a separate species within the genus Equus, which includes living horses, asses, and zebras. The new results, however, reveal that these horses were not closely related to any living population of horses.
Two skulls of the new genus Haringtonhippus from Nevada (upper) and Texas (lower). Credit: UC Berkeley
Now named Haringtonhippus francisci, this extinct species of North American horse appears to have diverged from the main trunk of the family tree leading to Equus some 4 to 6 million years ago.
"The horse family, thanks to its rich and deep fossil record, has been a model system for understanding and teaching evolution. Now ancient DNA has rewritten the evolutionary history of this iconic group," said first author Peter Heintzman, who led the study as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Cruz.
“The evolutionary distance between the extinct stilt-legged horses and all living horses took us by surprise, but it presented us with an exciting opportunity to name a new genus of horse,” said senior author Beth Shapiro, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz.
“I had been curious for many years concerning the identity of two horse metatarsal bones I collected, one from Klondike, Yukon, and the other from Lost Chicken Creek, Alaska. They looked like those of modern Asiatic kiangs, but thanks to the research of my esteemed colleagues they are now known to belong to a new genus,” said Harington.
“I am delighted to have this new genus named after me.”
Widespread and successful
The long, thin, stilt-like leg bone of Haringtonhippus on the right compares to that from a regular horse (Equus). Credit: Grant Zazula
The new findings show that Haringtonhippus francisci was a widespread and successful species throughout much of North America, living alongside populations of Equus but not interbreeding with them. In Canada’s North, Haringtonhippus survived until roughly 17,000 years ago, more than 19,000 years later than previously known from this region.
At the end of the last ice age, both horse groups became extinct in North America, along with other large animals like woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. Although Equus survived in Eurasia after the last ice age, eventually leading to domestic horses, the stilt-legged Haringtonhippus was an evolutionary dead end.
“We are very pleased to name this new horse genus after our friend and colleague Dick Harington. There is no other scientist who has had greater impact in the field of ice age paleontology in Canada than Dick,” said co-author Grant Zazula, a Government of Yukon paleontologist. “Our research on fossils such as these horses would not be possible without Dick’s life-long dedication to working closely with the Klondike gold miners and local First Nations communities in Canada’s North.”
Coauthor Eric Scott, a paleontologist at California State University San Bernardino, said that morphologically, the fossils of Haringtonhippus are not all that different from those of Equus. "But the DNA tells a fascinatingly different story altogether," he said. "That's what is so impressive about these findings. It took getting down to the molecular level to discern this new genus."
Yes! This did happen... The 8-year-old Grey Arabian got her head and front legs stuck outside of a trailer window Saturday in Ottumwa, USA. Greycee's owner, Megan Cook, captured footage of the incident, which has gone viral with more than 1.8 million views on her Facebook page alone.
Graycee managed to escape freely after the 35 minute ordeal - Eventually, a cousin arrived and used a loader to lift the horse's front legs enough to let the horse push herself back into the trailer — and out of danger.
Some people weren't happy about this image, but is there more than meets the eye?
Benjamin Lloyd spends his free time brightening the spirits of sick kids by giving them extremely life-like airbrushed tattoos.
The grins on their faces as they inspect their new ink says everything, and while that work has only been met with praise and positive feedback (and rightfully so), the New Zealand artist found himself ruffling a few feathers when he did the same thing to a horse.
It was back in November last year, and Benjamin used his incredible skill to paint a skull on the neck, side and leg of a beautiful white horse.
From the photos he posted – which were captioned “I love boosting a horse’s confidence with a custom tattoo” - the animal itself looks pretty chilled and even appears to be sleepily closing its eyes.
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While many people loved it, some were dubious. Photo: Facebook
Riders competing at the inaugural North West Three Day bicycle race in and around Derry last weekend were given the fright of their lives after a huge white horse bolted a fence to join them on the road.
Cyclists were half way through a gruelling first day heat, beginning at Foyle Arena and finishing in the hilly Campsy area of the city, when the incident occurred on an unnamed road between Raphoe and St Johnston in County Donegal.
Leading A4 class riders, both men and women competing for amateur clubs from across Northern Ireland were quite literally stopped in their tracks as the horse leaped a barrier just 10 feet ahead of the primary peloton.
Sports cameraman Jonny Collins was on hand to capture the dramatic events as they unfolded, and kept his camera rolling as the horse continued to gallop towards him and his colleagues a quarter of a mile further along the route.
Finally, after race officials had managed to manoeuvre the horse into a neighbouring field and lock the gate behind it, the race recommenced.
"If the horse had bolted even five seconds earlier than it did, it could have been absolute carnage out there," said the Foyle Cycling Club and press relations officer Thomas McLaughlin. "It literally jumped out 10 feet ahead of the lead riders. Looking at the video footage now, it seems quite funny, but actually it could have been much more serious."