Przewalski’s horses are the last wild horses in existence, the only remaining species of the many equines that once roamed on every continent. It has long been thought that all modern domesticated horses are descended from one of those equine species, which were first tamed by the Botai culture in Kazakhstan about 5,500 years ago. Surprisingly analysis of ancient DNA from 20 Botai horses has shown that they are not ancestors of our modern horses. They are, however, ancestors to Przewalski’s horses.
If Przewalski’s horses are, in fact, not wild, but feral descendants of the Botai, it would mean that there are no longer any truly wild horses in existence today.
Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig has traveled the vast expanse of the former Soviet Union, documenting a phenomenon – the strange and wonderful architecture of Soviet Union bus stops.
Russian Novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Alexander Solzhenitsyn being searched by a guard in a Gulag for Political Prisoners in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan. March 1952.
In the lifespan of the human species, horses are a relatively new thing. We only domesticated them between 4000 and 2000 BCE in Kazakhstan.