Happy Humpday, friends! According to camelhillvineyard.com, “Camels have two toes on each foot, and they bear all of their weight on these two toes. Cows, horses, and many other animals walk on their hoofs, but a camel walks on a broad cushion-like pad that spreads out when the camel places its foot on the ground. The pad supports the animal on loose sand in much the same way that a snowshoe helps a person to walk on snow. The camel’s cushioned feet make almost no sound when the animal walks or runs.”
Because camels bear their weight equally across two toes rather than bearing their weight on one dominant toe, this is what sets them in the “even-toed ungulate” category!
According to the Wiki page on even-toed ungulates, “The even-toed ungulates (Artiodactyla, from Greek ἄρτιος (ártios), meaning ‘even’, and δάκτυλος (dáktylos), meaning ‘finger/toe’) are ungulates (hoofed animals) whose weight is borne equally by the third and fourth toes. By contrast, odd-toed ungulates, such as horses, bear their weight primarily on their third toe. The aquatic cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) evolved from within even-toed ungulates, and therefore modern taxonomic classification sometimes combines Artiodactyla and Cetacea into Cetartiodactyla.
The roughly 220 artiodactyl species include pigs, peccaries, hippopotamuses, whales, camels, llamas, alpacas, mouse deer, deer, giraffes, antelopes, sheep, goats, and cattle, many of which are of great dietary, economic, and cultural importance to humans.”
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