Animals, Llama, Lama
Steel engraving ca 1860. Original hand colring.
Original antique print
Image: 10 x 11.5 cm (3.9 x 4.5")
Species: L. glama
The llama (Lama glama) domesticated South American camelid pack animal Andean cultures
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The ancestors of llamas are thought to have originated from the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago, and subsequently migrated to South America about three million years ago during the Great American Interchange. By the end of the last ice age (10,000–12,000 years ago), camelids were extinct in North America
In Aymara mythology llamas are important beings. The Heavenly Llama is said to drink water from the ocean and urinates as it rains. According to Aymara eschatology llamas will return to the water springs and lagoons where they come from at the end of time.
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