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The last 'wild' horses is the world are not truly wild, according to a shock DNA study.
Przewalski's horses, a breed thought to be the last 'wild' species, are the descendants of escaped once-domesticated animals.
Research - Origin - Horses - Experts
The research turns the mysterious origin of domesticated horses 'upside down', experts claim.
Przewalski's horses now number roughly 2,000 in Mongolia.
Researchers - Week - Theory - Examination - Genomes
But researchers this week upended that theory on an examination of the genomes of dozens of ancient and modern horses.
'Our findings literally turn current population models of horse origins upside-down,' said Professor Ludovic Orlando, a molecular archaeologist at the French National Center for Scientific Research who led the study.
Study - Claims - Przewalski - Horse - Extinction
Their study claims that Przewalski's horse, saved from extinction in the 20th century, descended from horses domesticated in northern Kazakhstan some 5,500 years ago by people in what is called the Botai culture.
This suggests all wild horses are now extinct.
Research - Botai - Culture - Evidence - Horse
The research showed that the Botai culture offers the earliest-known evidence for horse domestication, but that their horses were not the ancestors of modern domesticated breeds.
'The world lost truly wild horses perhaps hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, but we are only just now learning this fact, with the results of this...
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