March 21, 2012 20:38
Camels with long snouts, as crocodiles once lived in the area, which currently runs the Panama Canal.
These camels lived 20 million years ago and is considered one of the oldest known animal of Panama.
They probably lived in the ancient tropical forests. The scientists made this conclusion after examining their jaws and teeth.
Scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute made the discovery during excavations near the Panama Canal, which began in 2009.
New fossil camels Aguascalietia panamaensis Aguascalientia minuta and expanded distribution of these mammals to ancient southern tropics of Central America.
According to scientists, this species originated about 30 million years ago and has spread throughout North America.
Two camel fossil found in Las Cascadas, belong to the evolutionary branch of the family of camels, which is separate from that which gave rise to modern types of camels.
Although scientists believe that ancient camels were herbivores, since most live in the tropical forests, but they have yet to analyze seeds and pollen to better understand the ancient tropical environment in which they lived these extraordinary works of nature.