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Ancient camel fossils found in Panama

2012-03-15 10:46

Miami - Scientists say new fossil discoveries show tiny camels with long snouts roamed Panama's tropical rainforests about 20 million years ago.

A University of Florida doctoral student in geology found the camel fossils while probing the sediment from the widening of the Panama Canal.

Also Rincon said that he and the other researchers never expected to find an ancient camel. The species had no hump, unlike modern camels. They believe the animals, which had crocodile-like teeth, were probably just 1m tall.

Geologists and palaeontologists have been travelling in the footsteps of workers who are completing a five-year expansion of the canal to accommodate large, modern cargo ships.

Comments
  • Victor - 2012-03-15 12:29

    What picture !!!!!

      Neil - 2012-03-15 12:40

      Exactly.

  • Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-15 12:33

    A man would walk a mile for a camel!!!! very little useful information in this article... it dosesn't state how they know these fossils are related to morden camels, or how they know they did not have humps... It does state tho, that they had long snouts and crocdile like teeth... Very bad reporting on behalf of SAPA...no wonder fundamentalist christians get confused about evolution...

  • jacovdmerwe79 - 2012-03-15 12:56

    http://www.foxtoledo.com/dpps/news/offbeat/scientists-find-ancient-camel-fossils-in-panama-ob12-jgr_4104515

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-15 13:21

      Thanks Jaco!!!

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