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Wild horses truer to nature than ‘slave horses’ by Craig Downer

25 Aug

As a serious student of horses and their place in our world, I take strong exception to the biased editorial: “Petition confirms horses aren’t wild” republished from the Elko Daily Free Press on July 19th. This fails to recognize the horse’s greater story/truth as proven by fair-minded scientists. Continue reading

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America’s Wild Horses: A Living Legend in Peril

21 Sep

Wild Horses on the Range

Wild Horses on the Range (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This photo is of a genetically bay horse, showing the faint dorsal counterstriping that is common on some bays. This horse is NOT a dun and this dorsal stripe does not reflect the presence of the dun gene. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     Watch and listen carefully as the video posses excellent arguments about the markings on some of the wild horses and debunks the myth that all the wild horses are descendants of the Spanish horses set free in North America. Continue reading

Wyoming Cave Dig Reveals Hundreds of Ice Age Fossils

15 Aug

This July 2014 image shows the entrance to the Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming. The cave holds the remains of tens of thousands of animals, including many now-extinct species, from the late Pleistocene period tens of thousands of years ago. Scientists have resumed digging for the first time in more than 30 years. (AP Photo/Bureau of Land Management)

 

 Wyoming Cave Dig Reveals Hundreds of Ice Age Fossils

By Laura Dattaro Published: Aug 11, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT

A Wyoming cave has turned up hundreds of fossils of animals that roamed the Americas around the time of the last Ice Age. The fossils range from small creatures like lizards and snakes to megafauna like bison.

“We found evidence of bison, a bit of gray wolf and quite a lot of cheetah and horse,” paleontologist Julie Meachen, who led a team of international researchers on a recent dig, told Reuters.The two-week dig ended on Friday.

Meachen spearheaded the two-week exploration of the cave, called Natural Trap Cave, which was first discovered in the 1970s and hasn’t been studied since. The only entrance is a 15-foot hole in the ground that’s now covered by a metal grate, according to the Associated Press. The researchers believe the animals whose bones are preserved below stumbled into the hole and fell to their deaths. The drop to the ground is about 85 feet.

The cold, damp conditions inside the cave kept the animals’ remains well preserved, according to Reuters. Studying the fossils could reveal information about the last Ice Age extinction, which occurred about 10,000 years ago. The remains are between 12,000 and 23,000 years old.

“Some bones still have collagen with intact DNA for genetic testing and some fossils are fragments crushed by rocks,” Meachen told Reuters. “But we take it for what it is when we find it.”

During the dig, two animals slipped through the grate covering the hole — a deer mouse, which survived and was sent back to the surface, and a pack rat, which died. The researchers left the pack rat’s body where it fell and plan to observe it over time to understand the decay rate inside in the cave.

More than 30,000 fossils have been removed the cave since its discovery, according to the U.S. National Park Service’s web site, including mammoths, lions and camels. No evidence of human activities has been found in the caves, leading researchers to believe the hole, which is difficult to spot from a distance, was once located along a migratory corridor. Layered sediments in the cave have revealed that the region went from a glacial climate to its current desert climate in just 500 years.

“It’s an incredible site,” Brent Breithaupt, a paleontologist for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), told the Associated Press. “It definitely is one of the most significant sites that BLM manages, and it will provide very, very important information.”

source: Wyoming Cave Dig Reveals Hundreds of Ice Age Fossils – weather.com.

Dispel the Myth of The Aboriginal North American Horse

15 Mar

The Myth is the BLM calls them feral based on the assumption that the Spaniards brought the first horses to The Americas.  The traditional story that has been circulating for centuries is false.

The traditional story is promoted by the federal government and everyone believes it:

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who we know don’t read science articles and certainly don’t know how to do independent research to ascertain the truth. They listen to the cattle/sheep ranchers, Big Oil & Mining corporations and possibly others. This myth is promoted in school books, newspapers and other media sources.

The Native Americans don’t have a written history; their history is primarily oral coupled with their culture, ceremonies, pictographs. The word ‘horse’ was in their vocabulary before the conquerors arrived; pictographs of horses etched on the rocks; their description of creationism included the horse.

Each year more horse bones are found and more researchers search the diaries of the explorers who came to The Americas and this adds to the real history of the horse. Keep in mind the Spanish Inquisition was going on in Europe and they didn’t tolerate anything other than their own beliefs.  They considered the Native American’s as heathens to be conquered and enslaved. The US Federal government has been less than kind to the Native Americans since the discovery of The Americas, discounting their abilities, history and rights. This article touches on a small portion of the real history of the horse in The Americas.

 

Source: Save Our Wild Horses  

http://www.saveourwildhorse.com/PDF/Articles/AboriginalNorthAmericanHorse.pdf

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IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 2278 (North Dakota)
STATEMENT OF CLAIRE HENDERSON
HISTORY DEPARTMENT
BATIMENT DE KONINCK
LAVAL UNIVERSITY
QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC CANADA
236 Rve Lavergne Quebec, Quebec, G1K-2k2 Canada
418-647-1032
 (February 1, 1991) 

INTRODUCTION

Traditional Dakota/Lakota people firmly believe that the aboriginal North American horse did not become extinct after the last Ice Age, and that it was part of their pre-contact culture.

Scientists know from fossil remains that the horse originated and evolved in North America, and that these small 12 to 13 hand horses or ponys (sic) migrated to Asia across the Bering Strait, then spread throughout Asia and finally reached Europe. The drawings in the French Laseaux caves, dating about 10,000 B.C., are a testimony to their long westward migration. Scientists contend, however, that the aboriginal horse became extinct in North America during what is (known) as the “Pleistocene kill,” in other words, that they disappeared at the same time as the mammoth, the ground sloth, and other Ice Age mammals. This has led anthropologists to assume that Plains Indians only acquired horses after Spaniards accidentally lost some horses in Mexico, in the beginning of the XVIth (16th) century, that these few head multiplied and eventually reached the prairies. Continue reading

Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

24 Nov Wild Horse and Foal Escape

This article was published in History in the Headlines on June 27, 2013. As technology grows, we will learn more about the history of the planet and the animals that have lived here. 

Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

By Sarah Pruitt

Paleogenomics–the study of ancient genomes reconstructed from fossil bones–got a huge boost this week when a multinational team of scientists announced they had been able to determine the genetic code of a horse that roamed Canada’s Yukon Territory 7,000 centuries ago. Their work shatters by nearly 10 times the record for the oldest complete genome ever sequenced, and suggests that the new techniques and computing they used may eventually allow genetic mapping for fossils up to 1 million years old. In addition to lending greater insight into the evolution of one of history’s most studied mammals, the discovery suggests exciting possibilities for deciphering the genetic codes of other ancient mammals, including mastodons, mammoths, bison and perhaps even early human ancestors.

Pieces of 700,000-year-old metapodial bone used to decode DNA. (Credit: Ludovic Orlando)

Pieces of 700,000-year-old metapodial bone used to decode DNA. (Credit: Ludovic Orlando)

The 5-inch (12.5-centimeter) hind-toe bone fragment that the team used to decipher the ancient horse’s genetic code was unearthed in the Thistle Creek region of the Yukon’s Klondike gold mines. Because the fossil bone was preserved in permafrost, the horse’s DNA remained very cold and very dry, which slowed the disintegration process that usually begins immediately after death. The scientists’ task was made more difficult, however, by the fact that much of the fossil was contaminated by more current bacteria: For every 200 DNA molecules sequenced, only one was actually from the horse.

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Protect Mustangs asks CNN to correct glaring error about the indigenous American wild horse | Protect Mustangs

22 May

Protect Mustangs asks CNN to correct glaring error about the indigenous American wild horse | Protect Mustangs.

CNN is not the only major media whose reporters continue to ignore researching what they are writing about …  very pleased that Protect Mustangs is trying to correct CNN!

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