…because I was wondering, what could I post today to be contributing nicely to the internetz?

I use Wikipedia as my homepage now, since my chatroom is kinda blah having to lock it. Ugh, stalker! Leave my lush lumps alone! *wiggles and winks* So today’s feature article is…

The Dire Wolf!

Mmm hmm! Some of my favourite bits:

Dire wolf remains have been found across a broad range of habitats including the plains, grasslands, and some forested mountain areas of North America, and in the arid savannah of South America.

Both the canid family and its genus Canis are thought to have originated in North America, some 40 and 6 million years ago, respectively. Members of both radiations subsequently emigrated to the Old World. Wolf-like members of Canis apparently originated there, and then returned to North America.

The remains of a complete male C. dirus are sometimes easy to identify compared to other Canis specimens because the baculum (penis bone) of the dire wolf is very different from that of all other living canids.

So, basically…wolves originated in North America, THEN traveled probably across the land bridge to the ‘old world’ or ‘old country’. And then came BACK when they were “lupus”, to fill the void of the Dire Wolf extinction.

The common wolf is NOT a relative/descendant of the Dire Wolf. They both have canis chihliensis as an ancestor, but the line split there. Lupus went one way, armbrusteri went the other way…and subsequently died out. Something modern wolves had was something Dire Wolves needed but didn’t have, to survive what was coming.

And what was coming? Man…! And other stuff but ya…man!

<3 wolves!