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Llama Hair

Llama Cuticle Cast

This is a cast of the cuticle of "Baby Llama" hair from a commercial yarn.

Transmitted Oblique Illumination


Llama (Lama glama glama) is the largest of the Lama genus, which includes alpaca (Lama glama pacus), vicuna (Lama vicugna), and many mixures of these three. They are all members of the Camel family (Camelidae)

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References with Photographs and/or Drawings

von Bergen, Werner (ed.), WOOL HANDBOOK, Interscience Publisher, pp. 381-396, 1963.

Hausman, Leon Augustus, "Structural charactreistics of the hair of mammals", THE AMERICAN NATURALIST, vol. 54, no. 635, pp.496-523,

Hausman, Leon Augustus, "Recent studies of hair structure relationships", THE SCIENTIFIC MONTHLY, pp. 258-277,

Glaister, John, A STUDY OF HAIRS AND WOOLS, Misr Press, Cairo, 1931.

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