|Mounted skeleton of Camelops hesternus in the George C. Page Museum, Los Angeles|
†Camelops kansanus Leidy, 1854
†Camelops hesternus Leidy, 1873 (type)
Changes in their environment[change | change source]
Evidence of its environment comes from Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming, and from Rancho La Brea in the modern Los Angeles area. These studies suggest that it was not, like modern camels, adapted to desert conditions. It lived in woodland and grasslands with mixed vegetation.
Before the climate change at about 11,000 years ago it lived in "conifer parklands" on the Montana-Wyoming border, and in "coastel shrublands" in California. After the climate change, what had been woodland became "deserts and treeless steppes of the sort so extensive in the present western U.S.A". Even the type of grass which grew there changed.