Sunday, January 10, 2010

Are Alpacas Really Native to South America?

A large llama-like fossil was found in Florida that dates some 9 million years ago. While much larger than today's llamas, the similarities are remarkable. Other camelid fossils have been found around North America and 50 different species have been categorized. They range in size from 3 ft to 17 ft tall. Today only 6 species remain: Llama, Alpaca, Vicuna, Guanaco, Dromedary and Bactrian camels. To read more about this amazing llama-like fossil click here.

Prehistoric camel bones found at a future Wal-Mart site in Arizona. Click to read about the Wal-Mart Camel.

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