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'This programme was filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York where there is a famous collection of fossil horses. Another location was Messel, near Darmstadt, in Germany, and at... the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt where small Eocene horse fossils have been found and studied respectively. The programme examines the evolution of features we see in the modern survivor... equus - as a result of adaptation to changing climate and environment. It also examines in detail the anatomical changes which led to the horses' ability to run fast and jump well, but this subject is treated very differently from the old outmoded idea of orthogenesis. Instead, a simple introduction is given to modern cladistic analysis, from which we take our current ideas about the evolution of the horse.'
Metadata describing this Open University video programme
Module code and title: S365, Evolution
Item code: S365; 05; US version
First transmission date: 1992
Published: 1992
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Duration: 00:24:10
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Producer: David Jackson
Contributors: Jens Franzen; Peter Skelton
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): American Museum of Natural History; Eocene horse; Eohippus; Fossil Horses; Mesohippus; Senckenberg Museum
Subject terms: Horses--Evolution
Master spool number: HOU6616
Production number: FOUS600J
Videofinder number: 3751
Available to public: no