Fossil dire wolf skeleton - ROM2007_9425_23


Fossil dire wolf skeleton

Place Collected
North America, USA, California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, Rancho La Brea
Date: Received on exchange in 1937
length=123; width=36; height=59 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassMammalia
    • OrderCarnivora
    • FamilyCanidae
    • GenusCanis
    • SpecificEpithetdirus
Object number: ROMVP07910
On view
Gallery Location:Reed Family Gallery of the Age of Mammals, South America, North American Immigrants, Dire Wolf
DescriptionThe dire wolf was about the size of a large grey wolf, although it was heavier in build, with sturdier limbs and more massive head and teeth. Judging by its build, it seems likely that the dire wolf had hyena-like habits, scavenging carcasses and cracking bones. The Dire wolf's ancestors probably first appeared in South America, spreading north later to become characteristic members of North American ice age faunas.
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