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Mammalia (terrestrium) (Land Mammals)
Canis lupus Linnaeus 1758
Added: 22-10-2016
Modified: 24-10-2016 by FossilDude
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Taxonomy [explanation]
Superregnum: Eukaryota Woese et al. 1990
Regnum: Animalia Linnaeus, 1758
Phylum: Chordata Haeckel, 1847
Subphylum: Vertebrata Lamarck, 1801
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata Gegenbauer, 1874
Superclassis: Tetrapoda Goodrich, 1930
Cladus: Synapsida Osborn, 1903
Ordo: Therapsida Broom, 1905
Classis: Mammalia Linnaeus, 1758
Species: Canis lupus Linnaeus 1758

Based on pure morphological grounds, wolf is difficult to distinguish from dog. The large distance between the point of the dens and the outer point of the thorny appendage is rather characteristic for wolfs. At this locality, the color (normally not a solid criterium) can generally be used as an indication of age - this brownish color is characteristic for fossils from the Late Pleistocene, while Holocene fossils from this locality are generally much darker, often black. Based on these two characteristics, in combination with the weight of the bone, Dick Mol identified this as the second cervical vertebra of a wolf (09-10-2016).

Found in: Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands >>See Species List
Date: 01-10-2016

Period: Quaternary >> Species List
Epoch: Pleistocene >> Species List
Stage: Upper Pleistocene >> Species List

Collection Anders Schinkel (andersschinkel)
Fossiel.net number: 7953-0003
Own number: AS159

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