Horse origins mystery 'solved'

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Just two days after the Triple Crown, scientists have determined that domestic horses, like the Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another," originated on the grassy plains of modern-day Ukraine, southwest Russia and western Kazakhstan. UK scientists at the University of Cambridge used a genetic database of more than 300 Eurasian horses to trace the origins of domestic breeds, according to their study published in the May 7 edition of the science journal PNAS. Using this genetic information, several computer-generated models were created in an effort to understand possible domestication scenarios. Researchers determined that the domestic horse's common ancestor, Equus ferus, inhabited the western Eurasian steppes around 160,000 years ago. They also said E. ferus descendants interbred with wild horses. "Our research clearly shows that the original founder population of domestic horses was established in the western Eurasian Steppe, an area where the earliest archaeological eviden

Horse origins mystery 'solved'

The horse was first domesticated 160,000 years ago on the grasslands of the Ukraine, southwest Russia and west Kazakhstan, genetic evidence suggests.

Tue 8 May 12 from BBC News

Whence the Domestic Horse?

New genetic analysis reveals where horses were first domesticated

Mon 7 May 12 from Science Now

Study solves mystery of horse domestication

New research indicates that domestic horses originated in the steppes of modern-day Ukraine, southwest Russia and west Kazakhstan, mixing with local wild stocks as they spread throughout Europe ...

Mon 7 May 12 from Phys.org

Mystery of the domestication of the horse solved, Mon 7 May 12 from Biology News

Mystery of the domestication of the horse solved, Tue 8 May 12 from Labspaces.net

Horse domestication origins revealed after extensive gene study

Horses are arguably one of the most helpful animals man has ever managed to domesticate. At first they were used as source of meat and milk, but it was soon evident that horses were a lot more ...

Tue 8 May 12 from ZME Science

One small steppe for man: Are all modern horses descended from one herd 6,000 years ago in the Russian plains?

One herd of horses tamed in the wide-open grasslands shared by Ukraine, southwest Russia and Kazakhstan could be the ancestor of all modern horses, according to Cambridge research.

Tue 8 May 12 from Daily Mail

Origin of domesticated horses pinpointed

CAMBRIDGE, England, May 8 (UPI) -- British researchers say they've used DNA science to settle the question of where modern domesticated horses originated.

Tue 8 May 12 from UPI

Genetic study pins horse domestication to steppes

LONDON (AP) -- A genetic study of horses across Eastern Europe and Central Asia has traced the domestication of one of man's most powerful animal allies to wide-open grasslands shared by Ukraine, ...

Mon 7 May 12 from AP

Researchers Solve The Mystery Of Horse Domestication

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Just two days after the Triple Crown, scientists have determined that domestic horses, like the Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another," originated on the grassy ...

Tue 8 May 12 from RedOrbit

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