Paracamelus

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Paracamelus
Temporal range: Pliocene–Pleistocene
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Conservation status
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Genus: Paracamelus
Schlosser (1903)
Species
  • P. agguirrei
  • P. alexejevi
  • P. gigas
  • P. khersonensis

Paracamelus is an extinct genus of terrestrial herbivore of the family Camelidae, endemic to Africa, Europe, and Asia from the Pliocene through Pleistocene 5.33 mya—781,000 years ago existing for approximately 4.519 million years.[1] Examples of Paracamelus include the High Arctic camel reported in 2013.

Taxonomy[edit]

Paracamelus was named by Schlosser (1903). Its type is Paracamelus gigas. It was assigned to Camelidae by Carroll (1988).[2]

Fossil distribution[edit]

Fossil distribution ranged from Spain to Chad, Northern Africa to Shanxi Province, China.

References[edit]

  1. ^ PaleoBiology Database: Paracamelus, basic info
  2. ^ R. L. Carroll. 1988. Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W. H. Freeman and Company, New York 1-698