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Apart from dwarf varieties of the domestic horse and donkey, perissodactyls reach a body length of 180–420 cm (71–165 in) and a weight of 150 to 4,500 kg (330 to 9,920 lb). While rhinos have only sparse hair and exhibit a thick epidermis, tapirs and horses have dense, short coats.
Most species are gray or brown, although zebras and young tapirs are striped. The main axes of both the front and rear feet pass through the third toe, which is always the largest.
The remaining toes have been reduced in size to varying degrees. Living rhinos have three toes on both the front and hind feet.
Rhinos and tapirs, by contrast, have hooves covering only the leading edge of the toes, with the bottom being soft. A common feature that clearly distinguishes this group from other mammals is the saddle-shaped ankle between the straggles and the scaphoid, which greatly restricts the mobility of the foot.
In contrast to ruminants, hind gut fermentors store digested food that has left the stomach in an enlarged cecum, where the food is digested by bacteria. The stomach of perissodactyls is simply built, while the cecum accommodates up to 90 l (24 US gal) in horses.
Horses and tapirs arrived in South America after the formation of the Isthmus of Panama in the Pliocene, around 3 million years ago. In North America, they died out around 10,000 years ago, while in Europe, the tartans disappeared in the 19th century.
Hunting and habitat restriction have reduced the present-day species to fragmented relict populations. In contrast, domesticated horses and donkeys have gained a worldwide distribution, and feral animals of both species are now also found in regions outside their original range, such as in Australia.
Tapirs are solitary and inhabit mainly tropical rainforests. Rhinos tend to live alone in rather dry savannas, and in Asia, wet marsh or forest areas.
Newborn perissodactyls are precocity ; young horses can follow the mother after a few hours. A close family relationship with hoaxes was suspected based on similarities in the construction of the ear and the course of the carotid artery.
Recent molecular genetic studies, however, have shown the ungulates to be polyphyletic, meaning that in some cases the similarities are the result of convergent evolution rather than common ancestry. Molecular genetic findings suggest that the cloven Artiodactyla (containing the cetaceans as a deeply nested subclade) are the sister taxon of the Perissodactyla; together, the two groups form the Ungulate.
More distant are the bats (Chiroptera) and Feral (a common taxon of carnivorous, Carnivora, and pangolins, Pholidota). In a discredited alternative scenario, a close relationship exists between perissodactyls, carnivores, and bats, this assembly comprising the Pegasoferae.
They were generally characterized in their late phase by a bony horn at the transition from the nose to the frontal bone and flat molars suitable for chewing soft plant food. The Brontotheroidea, which were almost exclusively confined to North America and Asia, died out at the beginning of the Upper Eocene The Equine (equines) also developed in the Eocene.
The Palaeotheriidae are known mainly from Europe; their most famous member is Phipps, which became extinct in the Oligocene. Over time this group saw a reduction in toe number, extension of the limbs, and the progressive adjustment of the teeth for eating hard grasses.
The Chalicotherioidea represented another characteristic group, consisting of the families Chalicotheriidae and Lophiodontidae. The Chalicotheriidae developed claws instead of hooves and considerable extension of the forelegs.
The Rhinocerotoidea (rhino relatives) included a large variety of forms from the Eocene up to the Oligocene, including dog-size leaf feeders, semiaquatic animals, and also huge long-necked animals. The Hyracodontidae developed long limbs and long necks that were most pronounced in the Paraceratherium (formerly known as Baluchitherium or Indricotherium), the second largest known land mammal ever to have lived (after Palaeoloxodon nomadic ).
The rhinos (Rhinocerotidae) emerged in the Middle Eocene; five species survive to the present day. The Tapiroidea reached their greatest diversity in the Eocene, when more than one class lived in Eurasia and North America.
They retained a primitive physique and are noted for the development of a trunk. However, later studies have shown that, while anthracobunids are definite perissodactyls, desmostylians have enough mixed characters to suggest that a position among the Afrotheria is not out of the question.
The names Hippomorpha and Ceratomorpha were introduced in 1937 by Horace Elmer Wood, in response to criticism of the name “Solidungula” that he proposed three years previously. The extinct brontotheriidae were also classified under Hippomorpha and therefore possess a close relationship to horses.
The term Ancylopoda, coined by Edward Drinker Cope in 1889, had been established for chalicotheres. However, further morphological studies from the 1960s showed a middle position of Ancylopoda between Hippomorpha and Ceratomorpha.
The name “Tapiromorpha” goes back to Ernst Hacker, who coined it in 1873, but it was long considered synonymous to Ceratomorpha because Wood had not considered it in 1937 when Ceratomorpha were named, since the term had been used quite differently in the past. Also in 1984, Robert M. Sch och used the conceptually similar term Moropomorpha, which today applies synonymously to Tapiromorpha.
The evolutionary development of Perissodactyla is well documented in the fossil record. Numerous finds are evidence of the adaptive radiation of this group, which was once much more varied and widely dispersed.
Kandinsky from the late Paleocene of East Asia is often considered to be one of the oldest close relatives of the ungulates. Its 8 cm skull must have belonged to a very small and primitive animal with a shaped crown pattern on the enamel of its rear molars similar to that of perissodactyls and their relatives, especially the rhinos.
Finds of Cambaytherium and Kalitherium in the Cam bay shale of western India indicate an origin in Asia dating to the Lower Eocene roughly 54.5 million years ago. The saddle-shaped configuration of the particular joints and the metabolic construction of the front and hind feet also indicates a close relationship to Metatheria .
However, this construction deviates from that of Cambaytherium, indicating that it is actually a member of a sister group. Ancestors of Perissodactyla may have arrived via an island bridge from the Afro-Arab landmass onto the Indian subcontinent as it drifted north towards Asia.
A study on Cambaytherium suggests an origin in India prior or near its collision with Asia. The alignment of hyopsodontids and phenacodontids to Perissodactyla in general suggests an older Laurasia origin and distribution for the clade, dispersed across the northern continents already in the early Paleocene.
The close relationship between meridiungulate mammals and perissoodactyls in particular is of interest since the latter appear in South America soon after the K–T event, implying rapid ecological radiation and dispersal after the mass extinction. Phipps, an early relative of the horse, is one of the oldest-known perissodactylsThe Perissodactyla appear relatively abruptly at the beginning of the Lower Paleocene before about 63 million years ago, both in North America and Asia, in the form of phenacodontids and hyopsodontids.
The oldest finds from an extant group originate among other sources from Sifrhippus, an ancestor of the horses from the Wills wood lineup in northwestern Wyoming. The distant ancestors of tapirs appeared not too long after that in the Ghazi lineup in Baluchistan, such as Ganderalophus, as well as Rhinolophus from the Chalicotheriidae line, or Eotitanops from the group of brontotheriidae.
Initially, the members of the different lineages looked quite similar with an arched back and generally four toes on the front and three on the hind feet. Phipps, which is considered a member of the horse family, outwardly resembled Hyrachyus, the first representative of the rhino and tapir line.
All were small compared to later forms and lived as fruit and foliage eaters in forests. The first of the megafauna to emerge were the brontosaurs, in the Middle and Upper Eocene.
Paraceratherium, one of the largest mammals ever to walk the earth, evolved during this era. About 20 million years ago at the onset of the Miocene the perissodactyls first reached Africa when it became connected to Eurasia because of the closing of the Tethys Ocean.
A significant cause for the decline of perissodactyls was climate change during the Miocene, leading to a cooler and drier climate accompanied by the spread of open landscapes. However, some lines flourished, such as the horses and rhinos; anatomical adaptations made it possible for them to consume tougher grass food.
This led to open land forms that dominated the newly created landscapes. With the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama in the Pliocene, perissodactyls and other megafauna were given access to one of their last habitable continents: South America.
However, many perissodactyls became extinct at the end of the ice ages, including American horses and the Elasmotherium. Whether over-hunting by humans (overkill hypothesis), climatic change, or a combination of both factors was responsible for the extinction of ice age mega-fauna, remains controversial.
In 1758, in his seminal work System Natural, Linnaeus (1707–1778) classified horses (Equus) together with hippos (Hippopotamus). Linnaeus classified this tapir as Hippopotamus terrestrial and put both genera in the group of the Bella (“beasts”).
In 1795, Étienne Geoffrey Saint-Nazaire (1772–1844) and Georges Cuvier (1769–1832) introduced the term “pachyderm” (Pachyderm), including in it not only the rhinos and elephants, but also the hippos, pigs, peccaries, tapirs and hoax. The horses were still generally regarded as a group separate from other mammals and were often classified under the name Solidungula or Slides, meaning “one-hoof animal”.
Due to the motorization of agriculture and the spread of automobile traffic, such use has declined sharply in Western industrial countries; riding is usually undertaken more than a hobby or sport. In less developed regions of the world, the traditional uses for these animals are, however, still widespread.
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Early brontosaurs were about the size of modern-day tapirs, but the group later produced species that resembled rhinos. Bison and horses are both hooked animals called ungulates.
And odd toed ungulates (horses, rhinos, etc) and a third group which includes elephants, hoaxes, and manatees. Odd and even toes is one way to describe the relatedness of hoofed mammals.
I've checked and I can't find anything, that refers to the Rhino as being ruminant.ANSWERThat is correct. The ungulates are more simply known as the animals with hooves, and they are primarily grouped on the way they stand and bear their weight on their toes.
Tapirs have this same three- toed arrangement on their hind limbs, but their forelimbs have an additional, smaller toe. Over time, animals' hooves became well adapted to specific environments.
Ungulates that live on hard ground, such as horses and antelopes, have small, compact hooves. Those that live on soft ground, such as moose and caribou, have distinct dewclaws and longer hooves that splay to spread the animal's weight.
Tusks, horns, and antlers have a variety of purposes, including defense against predators, but their main use is for fighting rival males in contests to gather mates. These include hoaxes (a rabbit-sized animal of Africa and Asia), aardvarks, whales, and sea cows.
Genetic analysis showed similarities in DNA sequences among these creatures and the hoofed mammals. This suggests that all these animals share a common ancestor, despite the many differences in their appearances.
Rhinoceroses are large, heavyset animals with one or two horns and thick grayish skin. Rhinos are disappearing rapidly because they are hunted for their horns, which are believed in some cultures to have magic powers.
These surefooted animals live in forests and feed on leaves, fruit, and other vegetation. The Baird's tapir lives in the region from southern Mexico to Colombia.
These cloven-hoofed mammals are divided into three subgroups: ruminants, pig like animals, and camels. True ruminants have a four-chambered stomach that allows them to get the most nutrients possible from the tough vegetation they eat.
The food enters the lumen, where it is partially broken down by micro-organisms, then passes to the reticulum. Later, the animals regurgitate (bring up) the food, now called a cud, and chew it more thoroughly.
The ruminants are divided into five families: chevrons, giraffes, deer, pronghorn, and cattle like animals. The okapi has a shorter neck and forelegs than the giraffe and is uniquely colored with a deep brown coat and white stripes on its flanks and legs.
Members of the deer family have bony antlers that are lost and regrown each year. Antlers range in size from small to very large and usually are carried only by males.
Both types of deer have thrived in North America since European settlement and have become overpopulated in some areas. Reindeer and caribou are the only deer in which both males and females carry antlers.
The pronghorn of western North America is the only living member of its animal family, Antilocapridae. The family Bovine contains over 150 species, including cattle, antelope, sheep, and goats.
Members of the family range in size from the 11-pound (5-kilogram) diked, a small African antelope, to the 1,100-pound (500-kilogram) bison. The bovines have hollow horns that are covered by a sheath made of keratin, the same protein that makes up human hair.
Their horns are not shed and continue to grow over the animals' lifetime. Domestic cattle have been raised for meat and milk for thousands of years.
Most breeds probably originated from the extinct aurochs, a species of wild cattle that roamed the forests and grassy regions of Europe and the Middle East. Antelopes are fast-moving animals with highly developed senses of smell, sight, and hearing.
This group includes the graceful gazelle and the spiral horned kudzu as well as many other species. Sheep and goats are surefooted animals that live in the mountainous regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
Pigs have flexible, flattened snouts with which they root in the ground for tubers, fruits, nuts, mushrooms, grubs, eggs, and a variety of other foods. Pigs usually live in groups made up of sows (females), boars (males), and piglets from several litters.
A number of pig species, including the warthog, live in Africa south of the Sahara. They have snouts, bristly coats, and small tusks in their upper jaws.
The collared peccary ranges from the southwestern United States to Argentina. The Chapman peccary was once believed to be extinct but was rediscovered in central South America in the 1960s.
The hippopotamus is a huge animal with a large head and mouth and short legs. Despite frequent dives and walks along the bottom, hippos eat little aquatic or shoreline vegetation.
They eat mostly at night, when they may walk several miles inland to feed on areas of short grass called lawns. Hippopotamuses use their wide, horny lips to grasp the short vegetation.
The one-humped Arabian camel, often called a dromedary, is adapted to hot deserts of the Middle East. The vicuña and the guano are small humpless camels that live in South America.
The fleet-footed vicuña lives in a fairly limited range in Peru and adjacent parts of Chile. The llama is used primarily as a pack animal, and the alpaca is raised for its wool.
For many years humans have used hoofed mammals as sources of food, clothing, transportation, wealth, and enjoyment. Some hunting cultures, such as the bison hunters of the American plains, developed a strong dependence on a single species.
And the domestication of hoofed mammals allowed the formation of large settlements and freed people for nonhunting tasks. Sheep and goats were the first hoofed mammals to be domesticated, about 10,000 years ago.
Some, like the African wild ass, are threatened by interbreeding with domestic donkeys. Wildlife conservation is necessary if the many and diverse species of hoofed mammals are to survive.
These animals all have a hard nail-like case called a hoof covering each toe on their feet. There are some animals in which the hooves do not fully cover the toe and are more like nails, such as in camels and hippopotamuses.
Hoofed mammals are mostly found in open habitats, such as grasslands. HoovesAntelopes, such as this black buck, have two toes on each foot, which are covered with a nail-like case called a hoof.
Eyesight hoofed mammals have eyes on the side of the head, which give excellent all-around vision to spot danger quickly. Mobile reproofed mammals have moveable, tube-shaped ears, which means they can hear sounds made by predators nearby, and can escape quickly.
Legate legs of most hoofed mammals are adapted for simple but powerful forward and backward movement. Antlers form in deer, and fall off and grow every year.
Hoofed mammals also have long lower limbs, which allow them to cover more distance with each stride. /Published Nov 20, 2014 Working at the edge of a coal mine in India, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers and colleagues have filled in a major gap in science's understanding of the evolution of a group of animals that includes horses and rhinos.
The mine yielded what Rose says was a treasure trove of teeth and bones for the researchers to comb through back in their home laboratories. The researchers dated the fossils to about 54.5 million years old, making them slightly younger than the oldest known Perissodactyla remains.
“Many of Cambaytherium's features, like the teeth, the number of sacral vertebrae, and the bones of the hands and feet, are intermediate between Perissodactyla and more primitive animals,” Rose says. Cambaytherium and other finds from the Gujarat coal mine also provide tantalizing clues about India's separation from Madagascar, its lonely migration, and its eventual collision with the continent of Asia as the Earth's plates shifted, Rose says.
Because the ungulate feet are very different from human hands, more than usual diversion from the basic animal form can be found with zoomorphicbipedal furry characters.