Once considered to be the “fibre of the gods” by the Inca civilisation, alpaca continues to play an important role in the Peruvian economy and culture. The origin of the animal after which the fibre is named has been a matter of disagreement for scientists and historians for hundreds of years. However, the most widely accepted theory is that alpacas are the result of years of hybridisation between other camelid species, specifically vicugnas and guanacos. What researchers agree on today…
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