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'Hemiauchenia' is a genus of lamine camelids (lamine = like a llama) that lived approximately 10 million years ago in North America. See this link for more info.
Hemiauchenia is one of those words where the best you can do pronunciation-wise is take an educated stab at the word. American academics tend to pronounce words differently from their UK counterparts, and so I can see people varying the stress in this word as follow:
The person with the best idea is probably the scientist who named the genus, but they often don't think of pronunciation implications.
It is also possible that the 'ch' may have a hard 'k' sound. It really depends on the origin of the root words used. The 'au' will also vary with location - the 'au' in 'Austin, Texas' is quite different to the 'au' i 'audit' in the UK, but these are matters of accent, not pronunciation, and are not worth nitpicking over.
I'm giving both versions. As one who is often asked to arbitrate in these matters, I will definitely say that one version is not more correct than the other, but my ear prefers version 1.
Comments and suggestions would be most welcome.