It has been discovered that Equus ovodovi, an extinct species of horse, ranged much further and survived longer than originally believed. Scientists in Germany and China tested fossils found in China using molecular technology and discovered that the species was Equus ovodovi. Prior to this discovery, this species had only been found in Russia.
Drs. Jun-Xia Yuan, Xin-Dong Hou, Axel Barlow, Michaela Preick, Ulrike Taron, Federica Alberti, Nikolas Basler, Tao Deng, Xu-Long Lai, Michael Hofreiter and Gui-Lian She, were able to retrieve three near-complete mitochondrial genomes from the fossil. It was determined through testing that the fossils were E. ovodovi, placing the fossil several thousand miles to the east of where it was originally thought to roam.
One of the specimens tested with radiocarbon was shown to be about 12,500 years old, dating it to the end of the Pleistocene era. This date moves the time of extinction forward considerable, most likely when the climate became more humid and warmer than in years past, the scientists suggest.
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