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Fossil from ice age wolf unearthed in Nevada

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm •  Published: December 16, 2012

"This discovery helps flesh out Southern Nevada's Pleistocene ecosystem and shows that there are still important discoveries to be made in the Upper Las Vegas Wash," said UNLV geology professor Steve Rowland, who collaborates with Bonde in studying southern Nevada ice age fossils. "To understand why certain species became extinct and others did not, we need to learn as much as possible about predatory habits and which species were especially sensitive to changes in the environment."

UNLV's announcement comes shortly after researchers from the San Bernardino County Museum discovered remains of a saber-tooth cat in the same wash. Like dire wolves, saber-tooth cats were predators that had been conspicuously absent from the Southern Nevada fossil record.