Horses are icons of the American West and have a connection back to the last ice age. Native to North America, horses have been key players in ancient ecosystems for over fifty million years, and were mainstays of large mammal communities throughout the last ice age. Due to this success, Pleistocene horse fossils are abundant throughout the American West, from Alaska and the Yukon all the way south to central Mexico and South America.
Dr. Eric Scott is a consulting palaeontologist for Cogstone Resource Management, Inc. as well as professor at California State University, San Bernardino. In this presentation, Dr. Scott discusses his recent work on fossil horses, specifically at the Tule Springs site in southern Nevada and Natural Trap Cave in northern Wyoming.