Brill’s New Pauly

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I. General

Cloven-hoofed animal of the Old World from the hot deserts and steppes of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (Camelus dromedarius, one-humped) and the cold deserts of South-West and Central Asia (Camelus bactrianus, two-humped): various anatomical and physiological adaptations to extreme climates. The camel descends from a North American fossil type (Protolabis) that migrated to Eurasia c. three million years ago. Wild camels were common from Central Asia to N…

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Becker, Cornelia (Berlin) and de Souza, Philip (Twickenham), “Camel”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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