Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ottoman War Camel

Any day that starts with a story about an Ottoman War Camel is going to be a good day. From Intact Ottoman 'war camel' found in Austrian cellar by Jonathan Webb.
A complete camel skeleton dug up from a 17th-century Austrian cellar shows tell-tale signs that it was a valuable riding animal in the Ottoman army.

It was probably left behind or traded in the town of Tulln following the Ottoman siege of nearby Vienna in 1683.

DNA analysis shows that the beast - the first intact camel skeleton found in central Europe - was a Bactrian-dromedary hybrid, popular in the army.

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