Ottoman Empire was a Sunni Islamic state that was established in modern day Turkey; it was commanded by Osman I. The Empire expanded to Balkans between 1362 and 1389.
The skeleton was found in the basement in Austria. The skeleton retrieved is of young male camel that died it 1643.
The DNA of the camel has been analyzed and it was found that the camel was from a dromedary mother that had a hump while his father had two humps.
The animals were imported to the empire as they are very rare in the area.
“Camels are alien species in Europe and Austria, the town of Tulln is closely situated to the large river/stream of the Danube,” said Alfred Galik from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.
He said, “Perhaps it died a natural death and was then buried without being used.”
He added, “Such cross-breeding was not unusual at the time, hybrids were easier to handle, more enduring, and larger than their parents. These animals were especially suited for military use.”
“The partly excavated skeleton was at first suspected to be a large horse or cattle, but one look at the cervical vertebrae, the lower jaw and the metacarpal bones immediately revealed that this was a camel,” said Galik in a press statement.
“The animal was certainly exotic for the people of Tulln. They probably didn’t know what to feed it or whether one could eat it. Perhaps it died a natural death and was then buried without being used.”
In 1299 the Ottoman Empire started in Middle East and lasted until 1923.
In 1683 they were not able to take control of Vienna, after this they stopped expansion into Europe and their rule slowly faded off.