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Why Horses Can’t Wear Flip Flops

  1. Draw a timeline starting with a picture of the dog-sized horse ancestor on the left, leave some room, and end with the modern horse we know on the right. In the middle draw what you think the horses that came in between looked like as they evolved to have less and less toes.
  2. As horses evolved they only needed one toe to run really fast. The other toes became ‘vestigial’ meaning they weren’t needed anymore and then disappeared. Humans also have vestigial body parts, can you guess what they are?
  3. One of the biologists who studied horse toes is Brianna McHorse. She has an aptronym name – meaning her name sounds like her job. Can you make up some other aptronyms for different jobs?