When Camels Roamed North America

  • Published on: 20 November 2018
  • Camels are famous for adaptations that have allowed them to flourish where most other large mammals would perish. But their story begins over 40 million years ago in North America, and in an environment you’d never expect: a rainforest.  

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  • Runtime : 10:12
  • dinosaurs dinos paleo paleontology scishow eons pbs pbs digital studios hank green john green complexly fossils natural history Australia camels outback Protylopus rainforests artiodactyl Tylopoda camel humps cushion feet hooves Poebrotherium grasslands desert the Camelid Explosion Camelinae Aepycamelus pacing gait Megatylopus Paracamelus Camelus Ellesmere Island padded feet Hemiauchenia llama guanacos vicugna Camelops


  • PBS Eons
    PBS Eons   1 years ago

    Hey, I want to clarify what we say about bactrian camels around 7:35. There are two different species of bactrians -- the so-called "wild bactrians" (camelus ferus), and "domestic bactrians" (camelus bactrianus). "Domestic bactrians" are descended from a species that is now extinct in the wild, and they are distinct from what we now called "wild bactrians". And the ancestor of domestic bactrians and what we call "wild bactrians" diverged 700,000 years ago, according to DNA evidence. So, they diverged BEFORE camelus bactrianus was ever domesticated. Domestication didn’t CAUSE the speciation, which is how some viewers were hearing what I said. I hope this clears things up. Sorry for the confusion! (BdeP)

  • Eddy Maldonado
    Eddy Maldonado   5 days ago

    I'm sad all the big cool animals have gone extinct

  • Nicki nurse
    Nicki nurse   1 weeks ago

    You made it sound like horses were in North America before people.....that's not right....correct? thx for these great vids....though I have to listen to you at .75 speed to catch all that youre saying :)

  • Eric Alviter
    Eric Alviter   1 weeks ago

    Is it me, or does the opening music sound vaguely similar to the opening notes of the Jurassic Park theme? It would make sense. Fits well with extinct animals.🦕https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D8zlUUrFK-M

  • J A
    J A   1 weeks ago

    I just love this channel :)

  • Vea Pfirter
    Vea Pfirter   2 weeks ago

    "Mega Tay. Lopez" I didn't know that they were mexican.

  • Bow Hunter
    Bow Hunter   3 weeks ago

    This guy talks with T-Rex hands....

  • Alex
    Alex   3 weeks ago

    i bet humans killed off the last camels in america. they kill off everything and make the earth worse

  • Bik J
    Bik J   3 weeks ago

    Hey (minute 9:09) wasn't horses first introduced in north america by the Spanish? That is why there isn't any native american horse imagery in any old totems?

  • parv
    parv   4 weeks ago

    Do you not have enough distance between yourself & the camera that you would have to tuck in the elbows while gesturing?

  • That Canadian Guy
    That Canadian Guy   1 months ago

    I remember going to a petting zoo in Nova Scotia Canada. They had a couple of camels. One was huge and it was a single hump. And he was bizarrely very friendly. He wanted petted all the time.

  • Ali Mahjoori
    Ali Mahjoori   1 months ago

    8:35 correct pronounciation is "yama", but meh okay then

  • Alessio Leporati
    Alessio Leporati   1 months ago

    Arabic easily has 1000 words for Camel English only has one and that word originally came from Arabic in etymology.

  • xXxSkyViperxXx
    xXxSkyViperxXx   1 months ago

    camels, horses, and just about every pack animal started out in north america, yet when the native americans were roaming about and building empires and civilizations, they could not make use of them

  • steve154life
    steve154life   1 months ago

    Wat would happen if they like the horse waz reintroduced to North America

  • Cam RSR
    Cam RSR   1 months ago

    That sad camel in the snow! lmao

  • Michael Hodge
    Michael Hodge   1 months ago

    Well the thing of it is... there were humans in the Americas over 100,000 years ago. So we definitely ran into them way before 13,000 years ago.

  • Jason Jensen
    Jason Jensen   1 months ago

    It is amazing how many large animals went extinct about the same time period, some 13,000 years ago and videos like this one have absolutely no information (8:57 on) about what Happened to them.

  • Seamus322
    Seamus322   1 months ago

    In the 1800's, the U.S. Army imported camels as pack animals for the West. After the experiment, the survivors were turned loose and were sighted for decades after throughout the Southwest.

  • Carl Cacodemon
    Carl Cacodemon   1 months ago

    Thanks for mentioning me, should’ve given me a little more screen time though

  • Shane Dahlke
    Shane Dahlke   1 months ago

    I'd like to learn about ancient fish of the world and whitch type of fish was first on the planet?

  • Jason King
    Jason King   1 months ago

    Artiodactyla also include cetaceans (whales, porpoises, and dolphins)

  • Milton Roberts
    Milton Roberts   2 months ago

    You missed the camel's return to North America. Imported by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis )yes,that one) for military use in the Southwest. Didn't work out well and some were let go and there were wild, camels in Arizona for many years until the 20th Century.

  • Susan Farley
    Susan Farley   2 months ago

    My grandmother found a fossilized camel jawbone in Florida in the 1930's. She donated it to the Smithsonian museum. She said they told her it was one of the first found in the US (I am not sure how true that is)

  • Storm striker
    Storm striker   2 months ago

    I rode a camel 🐫 on a trip to Egypt it was scary yet fun

  • Abhijit Desai
    Abhijit Desai   2 months ago

    I am baffled with You tube's machine learning algorithm. It's almost as if some human reads your comments and suggests you videos accordingly!

  • Abhijit Desai
    Abhijit Desai   2 months ago

    North America: the Atlantis of the camels! 😃

  • Gautam Sarathy
    Gautam Sarathy   2 months ago

    So, anyone want to reintroduce camels to the Arctic?