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Featured Fossil


This page features a fossil with details about the specimen, its age,

where it was found, and a nugget of interesting information. Not every

specimen will be perfectly preserved - but all are a marvel of the natural world!

All geological time periods are represented.


Dire wolf, Canis diris, an apex predator of the Ice Age

Fossil Type:



Canis diris Leidy




Pleistocene Epoch


Model based on specimens, probably LaBrea tar pits, California


The dire wolf was the largest wolf in the geologic record, becoming extinct with other large Ice Age mammals about 10,000 years ago. It has an extensive fossil record across North and South America, living in a range of habitats. In Indiana, the most common remain are teeth. Cincinnati Museum of Nature History display.

Date Posted:

March 23, 2017


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Created April 12, 2012