Eohippus at More Mesa

I wish to report an astonishing discovery.

I did one of my favorite runs this morning, out through Hope Ranch, up the More Mesa hill, across the mesa to Patterson and back along the bike path. It was a beautiful morning, the air crystal clear after the rains, and the sun just rising at my back. When I turned into the Hendry’s Beach parking lot I saw three wisps of cloud, colored by the rising sun, blow across the moon (Oh, I beg your pardon, that wasn’t at all what I wanted to be talking about).

(clears throat). So I climbed up the More Mesa hill and came out on to the mesa, a little muddy after the recent rains, but there was still some color in the sky from the sunrise and a great blue heron stalked away from me into the grass (Carried away again, I’m afraid).

A little further along, the rains had washed the soil, and there clearly preserved were tiny hoof-prints. Perhaps a third to a quarter the size of those of a modern horse. Nor were these fossilized prints, they were in fresh mud. The prints were all over the place. Clearly a herd of tiny horses had passed through.

Now at one point North America was the center of equine biodiversity, so perhaps a herd of the dawn horses really did survive 50 milion years out on More Mesa.

More amazing, these tiny prints were of horse shoes. Tiny horse shoes. Now wild horses do not grow shoes, these were obviously tamed animals. But too small for humans to ride.

I am forced to conclude that the animals had been domesticated and ridden by pvv-dancelemurs. It’s the only thing that makes sense. 50 million years ago lemurs were to be found in North America as were Eohippoi. There is one family of lemurs which is bipedal (and so could ride). Presumably when the Europeans arrived, the lemurs watched and learned the farrier’s trade and applied it to their hippoi.

And they’ve been hiding from us ever since. But today, out on More Mesa, and also on the bike path around Patterson, you can see the tiny hoof prints which have exposed them at last.

Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren’t go a-hunting
For fear of little lemurs;

William Allingham

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2 Responses to “Eohippus at More Mesa”

  1. jk Says:

    This must be correct. No other explanation fits the facts.

  2. Eohippus at More Mesa — Explained. « George’s Meanderings Says:

    […] Eohippus. No sign of lemurs. All my speculations of a season ago have proven […]

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