Giddy-up: origins of the domestic horse uncovered

The modern domestic horse is beloved worldwide as a favoured pet or an aid in the busy work of tending crops and livestock. But scientists looking to untangle the messy evolutionary roots of the modern horse have often been frustrated by false lines of inquiry. Now, a new study in the journal Nature has revealed … Continue reading Giddy-up: origins of the domestic horse uncovered

Super-fast Hendra test

Tests for the deadly Hendra virus, most often found in horses but transmissible to humans, can be quicker than ever thanks to a new diagnostic point-of-care testing kit that can detect the pathogen in less than an hour, according to its developers at the University of Queensland (UQ). Hendra was first detected in 1994, in … Continue reading Super-fast Hendra test

New clues to the origin of domestic horses

Domestic horses likely did not originate in Anatolia as previously suspected, according to a new study of ancient remains dating as far back as 9000 BCE. Instead, they may have been introduced to the peninsula – which makes up most of modern-day Turkey – and the nearby Caucasus region from the Eurasian Steppe by about … Continue reading New clues to the origin of domestic horses