Fossil Wolf Tooth (Canis lupus)

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Quick Overview

Fossilized wolf tooth with tooth and root. The tooth has suffered normal wear and tear, and does have a split in the tooth. However, this is still a unique fossil that we rarely carry in our shop! 

Measurements: ~1-5/8" long x 1/2" wide x 1/4" deep 

Location: Alaska, USA

Time Period: Pleistocene ~10,000 Years Old

More Information

The Pleistocene wolf (Canis lupus), or Late Pleistocene wolf, is an extinct relative to our modern day gray wolves. The evolution of the wolf occurred over at least 300,000 years. The Canis lupus is highly adaptable and can be found across the northern hemisphere. There are many sub-populations that differ due to precipitation, temperature, vegetation, and prey in their different habitats. Recent genetic studies have suggested that original wolf populations were replaced by a more competitive type of wolf which eventually replaced them. The geographic origin of the late Pleistocene population is still unknown.