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Answered 2012-03-15 00:37:31

The fact that horses became extinct in their continent of origin and were reintroduced has caused some people to mistakenly believe horses originated elsewhere in the world, but actually they originated in North America.

It is believed that some modern horses (E. Caballus) migrated across the Bering Straight land bridge into Asia and on into Europe. Starting with Columbus, Europeans such as the Spanish, brought horses back with them as they colonized North America.

correction: They did not originate in North America if they crossed the Bering Strait from Asia. Asia would be the best guess for the origination of horses.

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