Eohippus. Dawn Horse. What a perfect name
For the arch-backed little creature that was horses’ sire and dame.
But then a staid committee that sets official names,
By earlier citation found you to be
Hi – Ra – Ko – Ther – E- Um
I hated that decision;
Oh, I understand the rules.
Still Eohippus was so fine, the name a splendid jewel.
But Hyrax failed; it mixed its clades.
Now beauty does prevail.
Hail Eohippus, pretty tooth,
From nose to ropey tail.
By Kate Rauner
With thanks to Stephen Jay Gould’s inspiration.
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