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Pompeii's Mystery Horse Is a Donkey
Softpedia ^ | Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 | Smaranda Biliuti

Posted on 11/03/2010 8:28:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Back in 2004, when academics unearthed skeletons found at a house in the ancient Roman town that was covered in ashes in 79 AD, they thought it belonged to an extinct breed of horse... What happened really was that there seems to have been a mix-up in the lab, which led to horse DNA being combined with donkey DNA, creating an artificial hybrid that actually never existed.

Six years ago, the skeletons of equids having belonged to a rich Roman household in Pompeii were analyzed. There were found in the stables of a probably wealthy politician, and all five of them were very well preserved by the volcanic ash that covered Pompeii and Herculaneum, when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The team then analyzed the mitochondrial DNA sequences (mtDNA) of each of the horses, and found that one of them had a mysterious type of DNA, that was no longer found today, probably an unknown breed of horse, which had disappeared.

Susan Gurney examined the research and found... that the first 177 nucleotides matched existing patterns of donkey, and the next 193 nucleotides matched those of an existing breed of horse... "In addition, the horse DNA that appears to have been inadvertently mixed in with the donkey's genetic information is the same type as that found in another Herculaneum horse, which might be the source of the mistake."

This research could still have its importance, because apparently the DNA of this newly identified donkey finds its closest match with the DNA of domestic donkeys related to the Somali wild ass that lives in Italy today.

This might be evidence that the 'Somali' ass lineage dates back to at least Roman times, whereas in other European countries, asses are often descended from the Nubian lineage.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; History; Pets/Animals; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: animalhusbandry; dna; donkey; donkeys; equid; godsgravesglyphs; horse; italy; mtdna; mystery; pompeii; pompeiis
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1 posted on 11/03/2010 8:28:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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An otherwise unknown equid species was discovered in a dig in Spain, bigger than a donkey, smaller than a horse, and the individuals had been beheaded and ceremonially buried.

The name on each gravestone was translated as "Ed". Okay, I made up that part.

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2 posted on 11/03/2010 8:31:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

>>What happened really was that there seems to have been a mix-up in the lab, which led to horse DNA being combined with donkey DNA, creating an artificial hybrid that actually never existed. <<

The result was, of course, the democrat party. It is the perfect combination of donkey brains and horses’ asses.


3 posted on 11/03/2010 8:34:00 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-Reader: omnipotence at home, impotence abroad (Weekly Standard))
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To: SunkenCiv

4 posted on 11/03/2010 8:40:53 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: SunkenCiv

So, who at the lab is going to be the mule for this one?


5 posted on 11/03/2010 8:47:24 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: SunkenCiv
Fortunately a recently uncovered mosaic shows what it looked like before the eruption...


6 posted on 11/03/2010 9:00:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: BenLurkin

LOL!


7 posted on 11/03/2010 9:03:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Just another white boy riding in the back of the bus next to the Emergency Exit.)
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To: freedumb2003

The real asses, of course, are the stupid scientists who did the original work.


8 posted on 11/03/2010 9:43:52 PM PDT by calex59
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To: SunkenCiv
"This research could still have its importance, because apparently the DNA of this newly identified donkey finds its closest match with the DNA of domestic donkeys related to the Somali wild ass that lives in Italy today."

Hmmm. Sounds like this could be a SWAG - Somali Wild Ass Guess...
9 posted on 11/04/2010 8:10:00 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Somali wild ass

Not to be confused with the American Wild Ass:


10 posted on 11/04/2010 9:21:04 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Hegemony Cricket; colorado tanker

Somali better figure this out.


11 posted on 11/04/2010 4:17:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: GeronL

Equid be anybody.


12 posted on 11/04/2010 4:18:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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:’D


13 posted on 11/04/2010 4:19:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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