24 Dec 1994 06:22:28 GMT
Pete Vincent <VINCENT@TRIUMF.CA> wrote:
>` Actually, although the earliest evidence for the domestication of the
>` horse consists of bridles from sites in Siberia, circa 6500 BC
>You keep mentioning this siberian evidence. I've never heard of it.
>Siberia is not exactly a useful place for horses, being all bogs
>and conifer forest. The earliest evidence of which I'm aware is
>from the steppes of the ukraine, which makes much more sense.
>What's your reference for this siberian material?
What about the Yakut? It is a modern day horse currently living in the
"coldest" areas of the Yakut territory in the Arctic circle. There are
two types of this pony (basically a larger one and a smaller one). Now
the larger one is considered a direct derivative of the Asiatic Wild
Horse of Mongolia, but the ancestry of the smaller one is not as clear.
The Yakut exists in winter temperatures of -40 to -50 degrees Farenheit
and in the summer (albeit a very short one) suffer the attacks of
blood-sucking insects. Not my type of clime. ;)
Tara R. Scholtz University of Maryland at College Park >@)
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