August 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Researchers say they've found the first evidence that an extinct, ice age wolf species once lived in Nevada.
A team from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas announced this week that geologists unearthed a foot bone from a dire wolf. The discovery came late last year during a study of the fossil-rich Upper Las Vegas Wash, and is now confirmed to be part of the wolf.
Scientists estimate the bone is between 10,000 and 15,000 years old.
UNLV geology professor Josh Bonde says dire wolves lived in almost all of North America south of Canada, but there was no evidence they lived in Nevada until now.
The wolf was a larger relative of the gray wolf. Scientists say it likely went extinct about 10,000 years ago.