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Yesterday's Camel

Animals of the Ice Age

Yesterday's Camel

Yesterday's Camel

Most people don't know that camels actually evolved in North America! They spread to Asia and Africa about 2 or 3 million years ago, where they can still be found today.

Yesterday's Camel (sometimes called Western Camel or American Camel) roamed western North America from Mexico to the Yukon, from about 1 million years ago to 10,000 years ago, when it became extinct. This distant cousin of the llama ate grasses, leaves and other plant foods, and was larger than the modern camel, standing 2.1 m at the shoulder and weighing about 600 kg.