Tylor Birthisel on the Hagerman horse
Five hundred years ago the Spanish reintroduced horses to North America. We tell part of that relatively recent story in our Ute section of The Horse exhibiton. The family tree of horses, meanwhile, stretches back 50 million years and they thrived in North America prior to going extinct about 12,000 years ago.
The Hagerman horse dates back about 3.5 million years and is one of the oldest of the genus Equus which includes all equine species that still exist, as well as many that are extinct. The Hagerman horse was found right up the road in south-central Idaho.
Learn about this ancient horse species from NHMU paleontologist Tylor Birthisel. He will show the real Hagerman horse fossil from our collection, and discuss the amazing and serendipitous process of horse evolution.
Don't miss this fascinating story as told by Birthisel.