What are camels’ humps for?
Camels’ humps are actually mostly fat, and the only other thing in their humps is a few blood vessels and nerves.
The main purpose of camel humps (which is basically all that they are) is to produce fat to help camels survive during droughts or extended periods where there’s not much water.
What Camel Humps Are For
Camels are basically designed to store energy in their humps for later when it is needed.
Once the hump contains enough fat, the camel’s body will start pulling it out and eating it because camel bodies can’t make nutrients or fatty acids fast enough during famines.
Camels tend to eat a lot of leaves and shoots because they take lots of energy for a camel to make, but leave few nutrients.
The camel stores these in their humps when eating them so that later when the food is scarce it has something to fall back on.
Once fat from the hump is used up, camels can die from starvation.
The second purpose of a hump is to provide even more carrying capacity so the camel can carry food and water for lengthy trips.
Camels tend to have top-heavy humps, which also help them balance while moving around in the desert because they have a large center of mass.
Their humps are soft enough that camels can rest on them too, which is probably pretty comfortable.
It’s also very important for camels to have humps because they go out on long trips where food and water aren’t readily available.
Their humps help them survive those times so they can get back to a source of food quicker than a cow.
I don’t think this is as important however since cows can find some food to eat for themselves, but camels can’t.
Camels probably evolved their humps as a way to survive periods of food and water shortage (like droughts), and it worked out very well for them.
They were able to develop an efficient way to store energy in case they need it later on, which helps them survive for longer periods of time.
Cows and Camels?
In one way or another, there are similarities between camels and cows.
One of the main ones is that they both store food in their stomachs for later.
Cows have 4 stomachs while camels only have one so it’s not quite as efficient, but it probably helps camels survive even longer than cows do.
This is one of the main reasons why camels can live in deserts, while cows cannot.
Camels are also smaller than cows so they don’t need as much food to be able to live comfortably, which probably helped them evolve to be better desert animals too.
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