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The Evolution of the Horse

March 2017 by Dr Shannon Lee, BVSc, MANZCVSc Eq Dent, DICEVO, Equine Dental Vets Australia

Personally, I find it pretty amazing that we are fortunate enough to be able to look back at the evolution of the modern horse (Equus Caballus) thanks to the existence of a fossil record. But... Why do we need to know? A better understanding highlights that equines have a very unique dental arrangement that benefits from early planned and scheduled examinations to be carried out by a suitably trained dental veterinarian. 

Although examining such a long period in history means some areas are still educated guesses, having access to so many fossils does answer many questions and provides a solid base for establishing what happened, when and how we arrived at the modern horse of today.