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Aepycamelus or Alticamelus
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Aepycamelus is the new name of Alticamelus (meaning "tall camel"). This very tall prehistoric camel lived from the middle through late Miocene. It probably moved in a manner similar to modern-day camels.

Anatomy
Aepycamelus had extremely long legs and a long, S-shaped neck. Its head was about 10 feet (3 m) above the ground. It had small hooves on its two toes and broad pads (like those of modern-day camels) on the feet. Its tail was very short, it had a small back hump, and the snout was elongated.

Locomotion
Aepycamelus was a very fast runner. It probably ran in the same way that modern-day camels and giraffes do, called pacing. In this gait, the animal moves both legs on one side of the body at a time (only relatives of the giraffes and camels run like this).

Diet
Aepycamelus was an herbivore (plant-eater).

When Aepycamelus Lived
This prehistoric camel lived from the middle through late Miocene (roughly 10 million to 5 million years ago).

Classification
Aepycamelus was an early mammal. Class Mammalia (mammals), Order Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates), Suborder Tylopoda (oreodonts, camels), Family Camelidae, Genus Aepycamelus.

Fossils
Fossils of Aepycamelus have been found in Colorado, USA.





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