Pliocene dispersal of the horse Equus and late Cenozoic mammalian dispersal events

@article{Lindsay1980PlioceneDO,
  title={Pliocene dispersal of the horse Equus and late Cenozoic mammalian dispersal events},
  author={Everett H. Lindsay and Neil D. Opdyke and Noye M. Johnson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1980},
  volume={287},
  pages={135-138}
}
The Cenozoic history of land mammals is marked by brief periods of intercontinental dispersal, termed dispersal events1,2. One of these dispersal events includes the horse Equus, that evolved in North America, dispersed to the Old World in the Pliocene, and became a prominent member of Old World Pleistocene communities. Equus was derived from a species of the single-toed horse Pliohippus, known only from North America3. Timing for the Pliocene dispersal of Equus into Europe was questioned4… CONTINUE READING