The most complete known skeleton of a 7-million-year-old giant camel, Megatylopus, was uncased Monday at the Lafayette Science Museum in Lafayette. The creature was 12 to 14 feet tall and functioned much like the giraffe.

The fossils were discovered and excavated during an expedition last year in Oregon led by James Martin, curator of paleontology and research professor at the School of Geosciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. They were encased in plaster for shipment.

The plan is to recreate an exact replica of the camel for an exhibition at the Lafayette Science Museum in April.