HORSES AND THEIR WILD RELATIVES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

HORSES AND THEIR WILD RELATIVES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another of Patent's superior introductions. She begins with a description of the horse's body, comparing the eyes, teeth, and other features to humans' and emphasizing how horses are adapted to grass eating and designed for fast running over hard grassy plains. She shows how eohippus evolved to the present-day equus, describes feral horses' behavior in the wild, looks at different horses, zebras, and asses throughout the world, and ends with a look at equus' other relatives (tapir, rhinoceros) and where they fit in the evolutionary picture. The whole discussion gives an impression of pieces falling into place, with some pieces yet to be placed and others still missing; so that as usual readers come away with some understanding of the evolution of species as well as a good deal of information about horses.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1981
Publisher: Holiday House