October 06 2006 at 07:55PM
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis
Damascus – Swiss researchers have discovered the 100 000-year-old remains of a previously unknown giant camel species in central Syria.
“This is a big discovery, a revolution in science,”. Professor Jean-Marie Le Tensorer of the University of Basel told Reuters. “It was not known that the dromedary was present in the Middle East more than 10 000 years ago.”
“Can you imagine? The camel’s shoulders stood three metres high and it was around four metres tall, as big as a giraffe or an elephant. Nobody knew that such a species had existed.”