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Fossil Camel Discovered in Oklahoma by Oil Workers
Western Digs ^ | September 5, 2013 | Blake de Pastino

Posted on 09/08/2013 4:43:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

As the rush intensifies to find new reserves of fossil fuels, digs throughout the West are yielding another byproduct -- fossils.

Oilfield workers in western Oklahoma have unearthed deposits of fossils containing extinct species of camel and horse, along with as-yet-uncounted other animals, while excavating a new well, Oklahoma City’s The Oklahoman reports.

An earthmover uncovered the fossilized bones in July after removing 6 meters of soil in the state-run Packsaddle Wildlife Management Area.

Paleontologists brought to the scene identified 13 separate fossil deposits, which have tentatively been dated as far back as 5 million to 12 million years.

Among the identifiable remains so far are the skull a small, primitive horse and the bones of a camel -- a mammal that actually originated in the very ancient American West, according to Kyle Davies, a fossil preparator with the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History...

"It actually shows that North America was the origin point for camels, and they spread out from here."

The fossils date to the Miocene epoch, a particularly formative period for the Ancient West that spanned from about 23 million to 5.3 million years ago. This is when the massive Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain ranges first formed, and when what are now the Great Plains sat as their own continent, with life that would seem familiar -- but misplaced -- compared to today’s Western biota.

(Excerpt) Read more at westerndigs.org ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: camel; camels; godsgravesglyphs; oklahoma; paleontology
Paleontologists excavating the site of fossil camel and horse remains in Packsaddle Wildlife Management Area (NewsOK)

Paleontologists excavating the site of fossil camel and horse remains in Packsaddle Wildlife Management Area (NewsOK)

1 posted on 09/08/2013 4:43:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 09/08/2013 4:44:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“...a camel — a mammal that actually originated in the very ancient American West.”

I never knew that! But, are they SURE it just wasn’t a Petting Zoo escapee? ;)


3 posted on 09/08/2013 4:46:34 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like they excavated some ancient watches and footwear as well, and they look surprising modern...


4 posted on 09/08/2013 4:52:16 PM PDT by Dysart (Being nuts has its advantages...and the machete doesn't hurt, either.)
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To: SunkenCiv

You were a beautiful ungulate,
I can tell from your cameltoe.


5 posted on 09/08/2013 4:58:31 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: SunkenCiv
I'd walk a mile for a fossil camel.

Apparently the other camelids (such as llamas and alpacas) also originated in North America and only later spread to South America.

6 posted on 09/08/2013 5:01:21 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Camel = a horse designed by committee.


7 posted on 09/08/2013 5:06:46 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Verginius Rufus

:’) Related link.

CAMELS. In 1836 Maj. George H. Crosman urged the United States War Department to use camels in Indian campaigns in Florida because of the animals’ ability to keep on the move with a minimum of food and water.

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/quc01


8 posted on 09/08/2013 5:16:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

later


9 posted on 09/08/2013 5:25:17 PM PDT by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: SunkenCiv

10 posted on 09/08/2013 5:31:45 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: COBOL2Java

We are owned by a Mule. Same difference!

But don’t call him a Jackass; he gets mad and bitey if you do! :)


11 posted on 09/08/2013 5:35:54 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Must be a Republican Mule! :-)


12 posted on 09/08/2013 5:40:38 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Where IS this secret location in western Oklahoma? Never heard of Packsaddle.


13 posted on 09/08/2013 5:49:54 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The Army brought camels all the way to CA because they could move through the desert. It didn’t work out too well, however, and they eventually died out.


14 posted on 09/08/2013 5:54:29 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: RitaOK

If one fell on you you’d know it.


15 posted on 09/08/2013 6:00:44 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ll bet they found it on a Wednesday.


16 posted on 09/08/2013 6:02:28 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: COBOL2Java

He’s a ‘MINO.’ LOL!


17 posted on 09/08/2013 6:10:05 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: RitaOK

On the Mapquest Oklahoma map, scroll to the OK/TX panhandle state line northwest of Elk City and you’ll see a green rectangular outline of the Black Kettle National Grassland. Packsaddle WMA is part of that. I’ve hunted quail out there a couple of times but saw no camels.


18 posted on 09/08/2013 6:28:31 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: SunkenCiv

If camels originated in North America does that mean the Indians were the original camel jockeys?


19 posted on 09/08/2013 6:32:32 PM PDT by Jay Redhawk (Oh Crap!)
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To: JoeProBono

I didn’t realize that a Sopwith Camel could hold that many Wing Walkers...


20 posted on 09/08/2013 6:35:57 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberal Democrats = Communists. RINO Republicans = Communist Sympathizers.)
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To: SunkenCiv

re: “CAMELS. In 1836 Maj. George H. Crosman urged the United States War Department to use camels in Indian campaigns in Florida because of the animals’ ability to keep on the move with a minimum of food and water.

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/quc01";

The same thought crossed my mind, the experimental use by the Army of camels in the Southwest. There are even still camel races in Virginia City, Nevada that go back to that time period. I wondered if these oil guys had inadvertently run across the bones of one those camels.


21 posted on 09/08/2013 6:40:48 PM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: SunkenCiv

The legend of “The Tall Buffalo” is well known throughout the Indian tribes of Oklahoma. They are also known as the CHEE-SHA-NISH which roughly translates to “Evil Tempered Spitting Horses”.


22 posted on 09/08/2013 6:45:56 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv

Love this commercial.

23 posted on 09/08/2013 6:53:48 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Oklahoma looks like an office with cubicles! Who knew?


24 posted on 09/08/2013 7:21:25 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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25 posted on 09/08/2013 7:24:23 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: SunkenCiv

later


26 posted on 09/08/2013 8:00:25 PM PDT by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: T-Bird45

Thank you very much. I find it odd how imprecise stories are today, sending readers to Google, how everything is in terms that of region.

Thank you for answering my question.


27 posted on 09/08/2013 9:15:47 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK
Where IS this secret location in western Oklahoma? Never heard of Packsaddle.

North of Cheyenne, out in Roger Mills County.

The Packsaddle Bridge -- which carries US 283 over the South Canadian -- is the longest in the state, approaching one mile in length.

28 posted on 09/08/2013 9:30:35 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01

Thx, okie.


29 posted on 09/09/2013 7:55:09 AM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: SunkenCiv
One learns something new every day. Con lạc đà tốt đẹp thôi!
30 posted on 09/10/2013 3:13:05 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khách sang La Vang hanh huong tham vieng Maria)
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