We’ve Always Been Wrong

I would like you to just look at this image and tell me the name of the animal that you see there. dromedario I know that most of the people that live on this planet are old enough to distinguish different animals, and they have more than likely seen this mammal at some point in their life. Most of us have seen this big animal and have always dreamt of going to North Africa to ride one in the desert while watching the Egyptian Pyramids. But, do most people actually know what it is? Most of you are thinking, of course I know this animal, but do you actually know it? The majority of people that saw it said that this animal is a camel, and that is obvious since even most of the giant companies and main brands make us believe that this animal is called camel. We can see it in the box of one of the most known cigarette brands known, actually called Camel, featuring a dromedary as their logo. So, now you know: The actual name of this animal is dromedary. The first problem while trying to recognize one of these two animals is knowing exactly where they live. You could never go to either Egypt, nor anywhere else in Northern African and ride a camel since the camels live in Central Asia, which sometimes even has snow. This is why camels have a lot of hair. Then, the main difference is that it has two humps instead of one, since it stores energy for colder environments. So, this is a camel:

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This is how people are usually wrong on how these animals are usually confused by people, and it is really not that difficult to know the differences since the dromedaries live in complete other places. There is the stuff that we all know about the supposed “camels”, like the animals that have almost not hair, and have one hump and go through the desert with people and with stuff to sell everywhere. They have only one hump to stay hydrated in the extreme heat, but they don’t need two. Know you can see the differences between these two animals and you can tell everyone about it. I hope that you share my frustration in this topic when realizing that even brands like Camel would put a dromedary as their main logo and not a camel. There is one picture to show the main differences of both: cosasa estas Some extra information on these two animals may be useful and very interesting to know since we can see evolution and adaption to the environment. Both animals come from the same family and genus, which means that they have a lot in common, but just some changes, and adaptations that make them so different that they wouldn’t be able to have little camels together. They are both from de family Camelidae, and the genus Camelus, but the name of the species of one is Dromedarius and the other one is Bactrianus. There are other similar species that are all extinct except for one more called Camelus feruz, which is a type of camel that has not been domesticated. The domestication of camels and dromedaries is very old since they were used for the transportation of people and goods in Northern Africa and Central Asia since they have been able to adapt to each climate to survive in it. The main advantage that dromedaries have in the desert is that they are taller than any other type of camel (except the already extinct familiar known as Syrian Camel), making him less susceptible to getting lots of heat from the sand in the desert. The main advantage that camels have in their environment is that they are smaller and with a lot of hair. This helps them because being smaller means less body to heat up and more hair means keeping heat inside and not letting it

By: Alfonso Almeida

Bleave. These main differences are useful for both of them and are useful for all of you who can now distinguish between these two animals.

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