Wild Safari® Prehistoric World

Macrauchenia

No. 100127

by Safari Ltd
$9.99USD

The strange-looking Macrauchenia seems like a cross between a llama and an elephant. It lived in South America during the last Ice Age roughly 10,000 years ago.

  • Scientific Name: Macrauchenia (“long llama”)
  • Characteristics: Our Macrauchenia figure features the slender legs, long neck, and short trunk associated with this unique hoofed mammal. This hand-painted figure is highly detailed down to its fur and tiny teeth.
  • Size and Color:  This figure is 5 inches long and 3 ½ inches tall, or about the size of a small index card. Its coat is a light brown, with white patches on its underside, around its eyes, and inside its ears. Its face, feet, and the tip of its tail are a dark brown, and its toes are a light gray.
  • The Macrauchenia is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.

History:

Macrauchenia has features similar to giraffes, elephants and camels, though it is not closely related to any of those groups. The first fossils were discovered by Charles Darwin in Patagonia in 1834, and were incorrectly assumed to be a type of Mastodon. Darwin was not an expert on the subject of paleontology, so it wasn’t until the remains were examined by Sir Richard Owen that the animal was described more accurately as a slender, llama-like animal.

The nostrils of Macrauchenia are situated on the top of its skull, suggesting that it likely possessed a short trunk. Recent studies into Macrauchenia samples have found that they are true ungulates (hoofed mammals).

  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • Size in cm: 12.8 L x 3.5 W x 8.8 H
  • Size in inches: 5.04 L x 1.38 W x 3.46 H
  • UPC: 095866002459