Extinct Wild Horse Brain


The European Wild horse, also known as the tarpan, that went extinct in the late 19th century has previously been treated as the nominate subspecies of wild horse, Equus ferus ferus, but more recent studies have cast doubt on whether tarpans were truly wild or feral horses.


Extinct Wild Horse Brain Replica measures 4.4 x 3.6 x 3.4 inches or 11cm x 9cm x 8cm. Extinct Wild Horse Brain is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA.

The wild horse or Equus ferus is a species of the genus Equus, which includes as subspecies the modern domesticated horse (Equus ferus caballus) as well as the undomesticated tarpan (Equus ferus ferus, now extinct), and the endangered Przewalski’s horse (Equus ferus przewalskii).

Horses that live in an untamed state but have ancestors that have been domesticated are not truly “wild” horses; they are feral horses. For instance, when the Spanish reintroduced the horse to the Americas, beginning in the late 15th century, some horses escaped, forming feral herds; the best-known being the mustang.

The tarpan (Equus ferus ferus), also known as Eurasian wild horse, was a subspecies of wild horse. It is now extinct.

The last individual believed to be of this subspecies died in captivity in the Russian Empire during 1909, although some sources claim that it was not a genuine wild horse due to its resemblance to domesticated horses.

The name “tarpan” or “tarpani” derives from a Turkic language (Kazakh or Kyrgyz) name meaning “wild horse”. The Tatars and the Cossacks distinguished the wild horse from the feral horse.

Traditionally, two tarpan subtypes have been proposed, the forest tarpan and steppe tarpan, although there seem to be only minor differences in type. The general view is that there was only one subspecies, the tarpan, Equus ferus ferus.

The last individual, which died in captivity in 1909, was between 140 and 145 55 and 57 in. tall at the shoulders, had a thick falling mane, a grullo coat color, dark legs, including a dorsal stripe and shoulder stripes.

In general, wild horses are grazers that prefer to inhabit open areas, such as steppes and grasslands.

They may have seasonal food preferences, as seen in the Przewalski’s subspecies. Horses may fall prey to native predators where they live, such as wolves, cougars, and spotted hyenas.

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Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 4.4 × 3.6 × 3.4 in
Wild Horse Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Subgenus: Equus
Species: E. ferus
Binomial name: Equus ferus
Conservation status: Endangered