365 Days of Earrings

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Spanish Zebro

Today I learned about the Zebro, an early horse that some believe still lives in Spain, in the wild Sorraia Mustangs. Cave drawings in Altamira, dating from 30,000 BC, show horses that share features with the modern Sorraia.



I am researching horse evolution for our Spanish cultural study program next month, a process that takes me exploring in many directions.

As I explore, I encounter fascinating people who devote their lives to trying to prove intriguing theories. One quote that pops up again and again is this:
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."
Paleontologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, and creationists all seem to espouse this notion as they seek to prove their points about evolution. Absence of evidence is just reason to keep looking for evidence!
And so I wear my painted wooden zebra earrings, purchased long ago at Neptune Beach in Florida just because they were so fun--and ridiculously inexpensive, as I recall. I've worn them before during African culture studies and when Z was the letter of the week in my kindergarten classroom.
Long live the zebro!

4 comments:

M. Kasch said...

Ironically, Christoph and I were just talking wild horse species two days ago. He was telling me about the prezwalski horses. . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Przewalski%27s_Horse

What a funny coincidence.
Greetings from us both up here! Giddyap.

Arkadangling said...

Then perhaps you noticed that the horse head that is facing off with my zebra is a Przewalski's horse (Equus ferus prezewalskii), the last true species of wild horse! Last until someone can prove the Sorraia is really a wild Zebro!

jeanne said...

A North Georgia wild animal preserve has a Zedonk, the surprise offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey. Her name is Pippi Zedopnk, for her striped legs which resemble Pippi Longstocking's long stockings. I doubt if they have zedonk earrings, however.

Jeanne B.

jeanne said...

A North Georgia wild animal preserve has a Zedonk, the surprise offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey. Her name is Pippi Zedonk, for her striped legs which resemble Pippi Longstocking's long stockings. Doubt if they have zedonc earrings, however.