Foetus found inside 48-million-year-old fossil of ancient horse

This interesting article suggests that the reproductive system of horses has changed little over the course of millions of years. ~ HfH

From: 9NEWS

A 48-million-year-old fossil of a pregnant horse and foetus is the oldest of its kind known to science and contains unusually well-preserved evidence of tissue from the womb.

The fossil was discovered in Germany in 2000, but the scientific analysis was only now completed and published in the open-access journal PLOS One.

The animal was an early relative of the modern horse – known as Eurohippus messelensis – and would have been about the size of a small dog.

The foetus is about 12.5 centimetres long and is mostly intact, except for a crushed skull.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
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