The evolution of the horse as only the Country Gentleman in 1920s America can showcase! An alert reader from Illinois sent us this BRILLIANT page from the glory days of gigantic publications. (Back in the day, Sunday funnies filed an entire page, and magazines like the Country Gentleman were 11 x 14 inches/ 28 x 35.5 cm.)
It was a dark and heavy time for postal workers.
A publication like this would set you back a whole 5 cents in the 1920s, but it was full of great nuggets. Such as, if you were particularly unbothered by trying to pronounce “Przhevalski’s Horse,” (Prezwalski’s Horse) the Country Gentleman makes it easy on you. Provided you can sneeze.
This Eohippus shows the classic case of forest-horse rounded spine. As the magazine says, compare its skeleton to that of the draft/draught horse skeleton. Eohippus had four toes on each forefoot and three on each hind foot, with each toe ending in a small hoof. The foot had a pad in the center, (think of a dog) that carried most of the animal's weight. This pad has become the small growth on the back of the fetlock called the ergot on the modern horse. The Eohippus teeth munched on shrubbery as well. There are historic horses, and prehistoric horses. An Eohippus is definitely in the latter category.
Thanks for the sweet mail! The Country Gentleman and those who put it together had some fun with this page, as you can tell. Keep it coming, you legendary nerds!