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Beloved Chincoteague ponies' mythical origins may be real

The discovery of a fossil horse tooth in Haiti has given surprising credence to the idea the horses escaped from a Spanish shipwreck off Virginia around 1750.

On Virginiaís Chincoteague Island, wild ponies reign supreme. These compact, colorful horses with shaggy manes live in small herds of a stallion and several mares, combing the beaches and snacking on marsh grasses. Popular tourist draws, these ponies were made famous by Marguerite Henryís 1947 novel Misty of Chincoteague. Each July, tens of thousands of people visit to watch hundreds of the horses swim across the channel from nearby Assateague Island, after which the equines are sold at auction to keep the population in check.

Despite their celebrity, the poniesí origin is shrouded in mystery. Local lore claims the ponies are descended from horses that swam ashore following the sinking of a Spanish galleon off the Virginia coast sometime around 1750.

But with no documentation of the lost ship, many historians believe the ponies are instead the progeny of runaway livestock, meaning that their origins are much more recent.

Now, DNA preserved in a fossilized horse tooth found 1,200 miles away in the Caribbean may lend credence to this supposedly mythical shipwreck. In a study published today in the journal PLOS One, researchers posit that the tooth belonged to a cousin of the ponies roving Virginia and Marylandís barrier islands.

Importantly, both the Caribbean horse and Chincoteague ponies share an evolutionary lineage that originated in Bronze Age Spain, says study co-author Nicolas Delsol, a zooarchaeologist at the University of Florida.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/famous-chincoteague-ponies-may-actually-descend-from-a-spanish-shipwreck?rid=2D7EBD8232363870D75E126868635ACF&cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=Animals_20220728


One of my first horse books: "Misty of Chincoteague."

Adam Schiff on TFG's comments about him

Yesterday afternoon, the twice-impeached disgraced former president was back at it. This time, at his America First Summit.
In the space of an hour-long speech, hereís just some of what Donald Trump said about me, and let me tell you, the repeated attacks were a doozy.
Letís take Trumpís insults one by one. First comes the attack on my character:
ďHe knows itís a hoax. Not a stupid person, an evil person, a sick person, in my opinion.Ē
Next comes the childish insults:
"He stood pompously before the microphones, his head, as you know, I feel, shaped like a watermelon."
Wait a minute. A few months ago he was calling me a pencil neck. Now itís watermelon head? A watermelon head on top of a pencil neck ó now thatís a pretty tough balancing act.
Finally, Trump makes it clear that Iím apparently not his type:
ďHeís quite an unattractive man. Now, theyíll get me in trouble for that, because by saying heís unattractive, theyíll say thatís a horrible thing to say.

Oh Donald, you wound me. (For the record, my wife, Eve, says Iím very handsome. So there. She also had a few choice things to say about Trump, which I canít reproduce here).
It might be funny if he wasnít the former president. It would be, maybe just a little sad and pathetic. But this infantile man is still the most powerful man in the GOP. Which means we cannot laugh off his attacks.
Donald Trump knows exactly what heís doing. Heís telling his supporters and most devoted MAGA base to demonize his enemies. And heís repeatedly targeted me because he apparently thinks Iím ďsmartĒ and therefore effective, that is, a threat to him. Four attacks in just the last week.

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