Re: [tied] Re: Dravidian in Persia?

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 9729
Date: 2001-09-24

What literature suggests that? According to the palaeontological sources I have consulted, _E. sivalensis_ and _E. namadicus_ are usually bracketed into one evolving chronospecies, with the latter regarded as a _younger_ continuation of the former. The Siwalik/Narmada horse descends from a pretty archaic lineage -- equids that migrated from North America in the late Pliocene. Within the genus _Equus_ these early Indian equids are rather distant relatives of "true horses" (_E. ferus_, the ancestor of domestic horses, left America some 2.5 million years later than horses ancestral to _E. sivalensis/namadicus_). I agree that the picture we get from fossil evidence is inherently incomplete, but I wouldn't define the present state of things as quicksand. The known fossil equids of the subcontinent (after hipparions became extinct) were either hemiones of a species that was contemporary with _Homo erectus_ and died out long before the end of the Pleistocene.
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From: VAgarwalV@...
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Subject: [tied] Re: Dravidian in Persia?

VA: While Equus Namadicus died out several 10's of thousand years ago, it might be possible that the Siwalik horse survived upto 10000BP as some literature suggests. Anyway, this area is quicksand and there is NO comprehensive study on the horse varieties for S Asia.