Canadian Arctic Once Home to "Shaggy" 900 Pound Camels

Fossil evidence uncovered


The Canadian high Arctic, it seems, was once home to a massive, "presumably shaggy" species of camel. Now known as desert specialists, the ancient relatives of modern camels first grew up not in parched sand but in frigid snow. Camels' ancestors have been traced back to North America some 45 million years ago, and a new fossil find by the the Canadian Museum of Nature's Natalia Rybczynski and colleagues adds to this case with the nearly one-ton Arctic edition of the humped mammal.