Restoration of Camelops
|Lived||3 million to 10,000 years ago|
|Range||Western North America|
Camelops is an extinct genus of camel from North America. It went extinct in the Pleistocene, about 10,000 years ago. It is known that early humans hunted it.
It was just over two metres tall, slightly taller than the Bactrian camels today. Because soft tissues generally don't fossilise, it is unknown whether Camelops had a hump (like modern camels) or didn't (like modern llamas).
It was an opportunistic herbivore, meaning it ate any plant matter available, like modern camels.
- Scott, J. (2009-02-26). "Camel-butchering in Boulder, 13,000 years ago". Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine. University of Colorado at Boulder. http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2009/02/camel-butchering-in-boulder-13000-years-ago/. Retrieved 2009-05-01.