- "These Macrauchenia are unrelated to any modern mammal."
Macrauchenia ("Long Llama") was a prehistoric, long-necked and long-limbed, three-toed South American ungulate, or mammalian animal that looked a bit like a camael or a llama.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Macrauchenia lived during the Late Miocene to Late Pleistocene from around 7-1 million years ago. Macrauchenia was first discovered on 9 February 1834 at Port St Julian in Patagonia(Argentina) by Charles Darwin, when HMS Beagle was surveying the port during the voyage of the Beagle.
A species of mammal unrelated to any modern mammal, Macrauchenia were unique to South America, but they were also the last of their kind. They were prime targets for Smilodon. Macrauchenia were fast, wary animals and had outstanding maneuverability.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Like many mammals, Macrauchenia lived in large herds. Male Macrauchenia lived separately from their herds and often wondered into the scrub forests to browns, using their long noses to strip leaves.