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Equidae in the Paleocene

        The first recognized member of the family Equidae did not appear until after the end of the Paleocene epoch.  However, the Paleocene was the time of the condylarths, a group of small herbivorous mammals that were found on every continent except Australia between 65 and 40 million years ago (Johnson 1967, Bourdelais 1997). These small mammals had five toes on each foot (Johnson 1967) and were the first mammals to have hooves (Bourdelais 1997).  They are believed to be the ancestors of all ungulates, including the family Equidae (Benton 2000).   
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