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The Syrian camel, Camelus "moreli", is an extinct species of camel from Syria. It has been discovered in the Hummal area of the western Syrian desert.[1] Found to have existed around 100,000 years ago, the camel was up to 3 metres (9.8 feet) tall at the shoulder, and 4 metres (13 feet) tall overall.[2] The first of the fossils were discovered late in 2005, and several more were discovered about a year later.[3] The new camelid was found together with Middle Paleolithic human remains.

Syrian camel
Temporal range: Pleistocene
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Genus: Camelus
Species: C. "moreli"
Binomial name
Camelus "moreli"

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Research on the Paleolithic of the El Kowm area (Syria)]" (PDF). University of Basel. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Giant camel fossil found in Syria". BBC News. 10 October 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  3. ^ Scientists find more 'Syrian Camel' bones - MSNBC Wire Services -