Measurements: ~1-1/8" long
Location: La Brea Tar Pits
Time Period: Ice Age, Pleistocene
Dire wolf (Aenocyon dirus) existed in the Americas in the Pleistocene Epoch. They have been found in the tar pits of California, Florida, Mississippi River Valley, and the Valley of Mexico. Studies have found that these wolves evolved independently of the modern day lineage of wolves. Compared to modern gray wolves, they had larger skulls, lighter bones, and a smaller brain.