The earliest camelids evolved in North America, where they flourished for forty to fifty million years, with the last known North American camelids disappearing only around 10,000 years ago. Six to seven million years ago, camels that would give rise to the Dromedary and Bactrian Camel spread into Asia, across Europe, and as far west as Spain. Three to four million years ago, camelids that would give rise to the current day South American species spread south across the Panamanian Land Bridge. Because of their their ability to thrive under tough conditions of extreme temperature and scarce food and water, domesticated camelids have been extremely important to the development of human cultures in the steppes of Eurasia, the deserts of Africa, and the arid Andes of South America. All camelids are adapted to diurnal harsh and dry climates. They are all highly social.
There are four different groups of South American camelids: Alpaca, Guanaco, Vicuña and llama. They all have their own unique characteristics and supply for fibers that enhance the tradition of Peruvian textiles. Alpaca Moments International is more than proud to support this rich tradition. Recent studies determined the origin of the species were domesticated 6000 or 7000 years ago. The vicuña has given rise to the alpaca while the llama descends from the guanaco.
There are two categories of camelids in South America:
• Domestic: llama and alpaca
• Wild: vicuña and guanaco
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