Merychippus


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Merychippus

 

a genus of extinct animals of the Equidae (horse) family. Fossils are known from deposits of the Middle and Upper Miocene in North America. They were descendants of Miohippus, were the size of an ass, and had three toes. Merychippus lived in open expanses.

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Tabrum (1981) re-described the equids at the Mission Pit and assigned them to six taxa including Merychippus sp.
As the grasslands became a more dominant part of the landscape, the Merychippus of 20 million BP had grown to 35 inches in height and its teeth were now adapted for grazing.
Merychippus evolved in North America and adapted to the grasses of the plains.
Xiaoming Wang, associate curator for the museum's vertebrate paleontology department, went out to investigate after seeing the photos, which show the upper nose plus a little bit of the teeth root of what may be a 3 1/2-foot-tall horse called merychippus that lived at the same time as mastodons and saber-toothed cats.