Scientists have unearthed a camel jawbone in the Syrian desert. According to them, the bone age a million years, may belong to a previously unknown species of camels, featuring a very small stature.
According to head of the Syrian National Museum Heba Al-Sahel (Heba al-Sakhel, the Syrian National Museum), the jaw bone was found last month near the village of Khowm in Palmyra region, about 241 kilometers north-east of Damascus. Al-Sahel is one of the leaders of the team of Syrian and Swiss researchers.
In the past year, a team of researchers found the bones of a giant camel in Syria age of about 100,000 years. That animal was about 3 to 4 meters high (being twice the modern camels, their growth has been at the shoulder of many African elephants).
According to researchers, the new find, along with the remains of the giant camel, could offer important clues about the evolutionary stages of the animal.
"This is - a very important discovery," - said Jean-Marie Le Tensorer (Jean-Marie Le Tensorer), the leader of the Swiss part of the team of scientists. According to him, it’s - the oldest camel bone, which was excavated in the Middle East and probably worldwide.
He added in an interview that the camel seems to have been very small and could be a new species, but Le Tensorer noted, however, that in order to confirm this theory, more research is needed, as well as to find as many other bones belonging to this type of . Hot news, science and technology, the only first-hand.