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Bones of 'giant camels' found in Syria

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Last Updated: October 11, 2006, 14:02 IST

Bones of  'giant camels'  found in Syria

Archeologists have unearthed bones of camels that were twice as big as today's species in central Syria.

Damascus (Syria): A camel twice as big as today's dromedaries roamed the Syrian desert 100,000 years ago, archeologists have concluded from bones unearthed at a prehistoric site in central Syria.

Swiss and Syrian archeologists excavated the first bones last year, and found "a lot more" this year, in the Komma region, about 220 kilometres northeast of Damascus, said Jean-Marie Le Tensorer, who led the Swiss side of the team.

"This is first time such bones are discovered," said the team's Syrian leader, Heba al-Sakhel.

"What we want to know now is, where did it come from, and why did it disappear never to be seen again? Was it migrating from Asia to Africa?" Al-Sakhel said that if there were no record of such a large camel having existed anywhere else, the team would name its find the "Syrian Camel."

Human bones were discovered at a nearby site, Le Tensorer said on Monday in a phone interview.

"The bones -- a fragment of an arm and a tooth -- are, of course, of the hunter of the giant camel. He probably stalked his prey to a water spring where he came to drink," he said.

“We have to analyse this bone to know if it's Neanderthal or a very old homo-sapiens, or a very old modern man," he said.

Stone tools used by early humans were found with the camel's bones, which are thought to be up to 100,000 years old, he added.

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