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Because of earl y Eocene Arc tic forests, animals moved freely between Asia, Europe, Greenland, and North America, which were all nearly connected around the North Pole, and great mammalian radiations occurred in the early Eocene.� Many familiar mammals first appeared by the mid-E ocene, such as modern rodents, elephants, bats, and horses .� The earliest monkeys may have first appeared in Asia and migrated to India, Africa, and the Americas.� Europe was not yet connected with Asia, however, as the Turgai Strait separated them.� Modern observers might be startled to know where many animals originated.� Camels evolved in North America and lived there for more than 40 million years, until humans arrived.� Their only surviving descendants in the Western Hemisphere are llamas .� As with lemurs migrating to Madagascar from Africa, or marsupials to Australia via Antarctica, or monkeys migrating from Africa to the Americas, or Eocene mammalian migrations via polar routes, the migrants often involuntarily �sailed� on vegetation mats that crossed relatively short gaps between the continents.� Such a migration depended on fortuitous prevailing currents and other factors, but it happened often enough.

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