Giant camel (Gigantocamelus)

Fossils of giant camels that lived during the Neogene Period (23 million to 2.6 million years ago) and later Pleistocene Epoch have been found from southwest to north-central Kansas. Eight-feet tall at the shoulders, these camels lived in woodland areas and ate leaves off of trees. Unlike modern camels, which live in desert environments where trees are scarce, Gigantocamelus did not have, or need, a hump or humps used for storing food.


Camel illustration