Ancient Skeleton of Ottoman War Camel Discovered in Europe

April 6, 2015 1:17 PM

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Archaeologists have uncovered a complete camel skeleton that dates back to the Second Ottoman War. Discovered in Austria, the skeleton is of an animal that was a male hybrid of a dromedary in the maternal line and a Bactrian camel in the paternal line.

"The partly excavated skeleton was at first suspected to be a large horse or cattle," said Alfred Galik, one of the researchers, in a news release. "But one look at the cervical vertebrae, the lower jaw and the metacarpal bones immediately revealed that this was a camel."

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