Name: Astrohippus ‭(‬Star horse‭?)‬.
Phonetic: As-tro-hip-pus.
Named By: J.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Quinn‭ ‬-‭ ‬1930.
Synonyms: Astrohippus albidens,‭ ‬Dinohippus albidens.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Perissodactyla,‭ ‬Equidae,‭ ‬Equinae,‭ ‬Equini.
Species: A.‭ ‬ansae‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬stockii.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Mexico and the USA,‭ ‬including the states of Florida,‭ ‬Kansas,‭ ‬New Mexico,‭ ‬Nebraska,‭ ‬Nevada,‭ ‬Oklahoma,‭ ‬Texas.
Time period: Serravalian to the Messinian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Fossils of multiple individuals.

       Astrohippus is one of many of the horse genera that were roaming around North America during the Miocene period,‭ ‬but it is one of the few to be considered a close relative of the Equus genus which is where modern horses belong,‭ ‬though the tooth structure of Astrohippus strongly suggests that Astrohippus is not directly ancestral to Equus.‭ ‬Astrohippus has been considered by some to be descended from the genus Pliohippus.

Further reading
- Pliocene Horses of the Ocote Local Fauna,‭ ‬Central Plateau of Mexico Pliocene Horses of the Ocote Local Fauna,‭ ‬Central Plateau of Mexico.‭ ‬-‭ ‬The Southwestern Naturalist‭ ‬18‭(‬3‭)‬:257-268.‭ ‬-‭ ‬O.‭ ‬Mooser‭ ‬-‭ ‬1973.
‭ ‬-‭ ‬Astrohippus and Dinohippus.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬4‭(‬2‭)‬:273-283.‭ ‬-‭ ‬B.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬MacFadden‭ ‬-‭ ‬1984.


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