Scientists in Syria have discovered the fossils of a previously undiscovered species of giant camel that are dated to be around 100,000 years old. The remains were discovered by Swiss researchers led by Professor Jean-Marie Le Tensorer of the University of Basel. The new camel species is believed to have stood three meters at the shoulders and would have been as big as a giraffe or elephant. The very first bones of the species were found back in 2003 but confirmations could not be made at the time to determine what animal the bones had come from, it wasn’t until more bones from the same animal were found this year that the confirmation of a new species could be made. It is believed that this particular giant camel was killed by humans while it drank from a spring. The team is coming to this possible conclusion due to the human remains that were found nearby.

Remains of giant camel discovered in Syria (Reuters)

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