Sunday, April 29, 2007

Prehistoric camel found at Wal-Mart site

When I had this story pointed out to me by a friend, I could help asking if it had passed it's sell-by date.

Prehistoric camel discovered at Wal-Mart

The bones of a pre-historic camel were dsicovered[sic] Friday at the site of a future Mesa Wal-Mart.

Arizona State University geology museum curator Brad Archer hurried out to the site near Lindsay and McKellips roads Friday when he got the news that John Babiarz, owner of Greenfield Citrus Nursery, was carefully excavating bones found at the bottom of a hole being dug for a new ornamental citrus tree.


The found bones are estimated to be about 10,000 years old.

I must admit that I didn't really know anything about the history of camels in North America, but apparently (at least according to Wikipedia), the Camelidae family originated in the late Eocene, in present-day North America.

Interesting.

If anyone know more about either the findings at the Wal-Mart site, or the evulution of Camelids, please feel free to comment on it.

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