June 30, 2009

Ancient Camel Discovered

Spanish researchers have uncovered a new type of camel that lived in Europe about six million years ago.

The team, which was from the University of La Rioja, found 191 fossilized footprints that belonged to a group of 10 to 15 individuals at an excavation site in the eastern Spanish region of Murcia.

The animal is presumed to have lived about six million years ago in the Upper Miocene period.  The camel has been named Paracamelichnum Jumillensis.

The researchers said that it was "very similar to the present-day camel" but "of a genus and species unknown until today."

The results were published on Monday in the International Journal for Plant and Animal Traces.


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