Mesohippus


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Mesohippus

[¦me·zō′hip·əs]
(paleontology)
An early ancestor of the modern horse; occurred during the Oligocene.

Mesohippus

 

a genus of extinct animals of the family Equidae. They were the size of a wolf and had three toes, all of which reached the ground. The molars had a low crown. Mesohippus lived in forests and fed mainly on soft vegetation. Numerous remains of Mesohippus are known from Oligocene deposits in North America.