Saturday, September 2, 2017

Where Do Llamas Come From?

This is a frequently asked question (FAQ). Llamas and alpacas are members of the camelid family of mammals. It is believed that camelids originated in North America at least 40 million years ago and then migrated to South America and Asia about 3 million years ago, before the American and Asian continents separated at Alaska. One of the oldest camelid fossils was discovered in Florida and fossil skeletons of camelids very similar to today's alpacas and llamas have also been found in the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, California. It's speculated that camelids become extinct from North America during the ice age.

Which leads me to the next frequently asked question: What's the difference between llamas and alpacas? That will be answered in tomorrow's post. Happy Trails...

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