That means that the
closest living relatives of the modern horse are fellow perissodactyls,
rhinoceroses and tapirs.
Interesting fact: When the
film director Stanley Kubrick recreated scenes of human ancestors in the first part of
his movie "2001," he used living tapirs to simulate the archaic beasts that lived at
the same time. It was good casting, because tapirs have retained a lot of the primitive
features of early perissodactyls.
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