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June 9, 2023

Study finds horses have been present on Great Plains as early as 16th century

"He Stalks One" of the Lakota Nation connects with a horse. An international study found that horses have been present on the Great Plains of North America since as early as the 16th century. The study was led by the University of Colorado and included researchers from the Lakota, Comanche and Pawnee nations and from schools across 15 countries, spanning over five continents.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grants BCS 1949305, BCS 1949304 and BCS 1949283.]

Learn more in the NSF Science Matters story Horses part of Indigenous cultures longer than Western historians thought. (Date of image: 2010; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: June 9, 2023)

Credit: Sacred Way Sanctuary

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