Where Have All The Wild Horses Gone?

Takhi, also known as Przewalski’s horse or as the Dzungarian horse (Equus ferus przewalskii), is a rare and endangered subspecies of horse, in Hustai National Park.
(Credit:
Zazaa Mongolia / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.)
Excavation of horse remains from an ancient corral at the Botai site, Northern Kazakhstan, 2017.
(Credit: Alan Outram / University of Exeter / doi:
10.1126/science.aao3297.)
Some of the Botai horses were found to carry genetic variants causing white and leopard spotting patterns.
(Credit: Photograph by Ludovic Orlando, reworked by Sean Goddard and Alan Outram / doi:
10.1126/science.aao3297.)
Modern Domestic Horse Herd In Northern Kazakhstan, 2016.
(Credit: Alan Outram / University of Exeter / doi:
10.1126/science.aao3297.)

Source:

Charleen Gaunitz, Antoine Fages, Kristian Hanghøj, Anders Albrechtsen, Naveed Khan, Mikkel Schubert, Andaine Seguin-Orlando, Ivy J. Owens, Sabine Felkel, Olivier Bignon-Lau, Peter de Barros Damgaard, Alissa Mittnik, Azadeh F. Mohaseb, Hossein Davoudi, Saleh Alquraishi, Ahmed H. Alfarhan, Khaled A. S. Al-Rasheid, Eric Crubézy, Norbert Benecke, Sandra Olsen, Dorcas Brown, David Anthony, Ken Massy, Vladimir Pitulko, Aleksei Kasparov, Gottfried Brem, Michael Hofreiter, Gulmira Mukhtarova, Nurbol Baimukhanov, Lembi Lõugas, Vedat Onar, Philipp W. Stockhammer, Johannes Krause, Bazartseren Boldgiv, Sainbileg Undrakhbold, Diimaajav Erdenebaatar, Sébastien Lepetz, Marjan Mashkour, Arne Ludwig, Barbara Wallner, Victor Merz, Ilja Merz, Viktor Zaibert, Eske Willerslev, Pablo Librado, Alan K. Outram, and Ludovic Orlando (2018). Ancient genomes revisit the ancestry of domestic and Przewalski’s horses, Science, 9(4):968–980 | doi:10.1126/science.aao3297

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