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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.[3] Examples of Paracamelus include the High Arctic camel reported in 2013.

Temporal range: Pliocene–Pleistocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Tribe: Camelini
Genus: Paracamelus
Schlosser, 1903[1]
Type species
Paracamelus gigas
Schlosser, 1903



Paracamelus was named by Schlosser (1903). Its type is Paracamelus gigas. It was assigned to Camelidae by Carroll (1988).[4]

Fossil distributionEdit

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


  1. ^ Schlosser, Max (1903). "Die fossilen Säugethiere Chinas nebst einer Odontographie der recenten Antilopen". Abhandlungen der Mathematisch-Physikalischen Klasse der Königlich Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. 22 (1): 95–97; Pl. 9, Fig. 14, 26 
  2. ^ Logvynenko, V. M. (2001). "Paracamels minor (Camelidae, Tylopoda) — A New Camelid Species from the Middle Pliocene of Ukraine" (PDF). Vestnik zoologii. 35 (1): 39–42. 
  3. ^ PaleoBiology Database: Paracamelus, basic info
  4. ^ R. L. Carroll. 1988. Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W. H. Freeman and Company, New York 1-698

Further readingEdit