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Horsing around

Even though Hagerman Horses have been extinct for more than 3 million years, since the initial discovery of their ancient bones in 1928 they have managed to horse their way around North America. The horse skeletons that were discovered in Hagerman, at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument have been or currently are in the collection of such places as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, the Field Museum in Chicago; the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, Denver's Museum of Natural History, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Texas' Memorial Museum in Austin, and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles County. Since the Hagerman Horse had become so popular and had such great exposure throughout North America, in 1988, more than 60 years after the initial uncovering, the state legislature made the Hagerman Horse the state fossil for Idaho. The Hagerman Horse contributes a great deal of knowledge about the past, and makes us eager to learn more in the future.

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A drawing of what the Hagerman Horse might have looked like
The Hagerman Horse. Courtesy of the National Park Service.

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