More than 3 million years ago along the shores of the now- extinct Lake Idaho, strange horse-like creatures galloped across the land. The ice age had not yet begun and the land was savannah-like with green grasses, isolated patches of pine woodland and abundant hardwood trees, receiving double the rainfall that southern Idaho gets today. The area was once a floodplain, and the sagebrush landscape of present day Idaho is very different than the environment at the time the Hagerman Horse roamed. The Hagerman Horse shared the ancient grassy plains and ponds with mastodons, saber-toothed cats, beavers, muskrats, otters, camels, antelope, deer, ground sloths, hyena-like dogs, fish, frogs, snakes and waterfowl. Most of the animals and other life forms that were alive during the Pliocene would have been strange looking, yet recognizable by us today. Many individual species were different, but research shows that distinguishing characteristics of various animal and plant groups were present. The Hagerman Horse, the early zebra-like version of a modern-day horse, was well adapted to life on the grassy savannah. So what happened? Why did the Hagerman horse disappear?
A horse is a horse... Unless of course
The disappearing act
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