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UNLV Announces Discovery of Prehistoric Wolf

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LAS VEGAS - UNLV announced that scientists have found a prehistoric wolf fossil for the first time in southern Nevada.

The fossil of the dire wolf likely dates back more than 10,000 years. It is unknown whether it interacted with early human settlers.

Scientists found the fossil in Tule Springs, an area under Bureau of Land Management protection near the 215 Beltway and Decatur Boulevard.

For many people, it is eye-opening to see these fossils are being dug up just a short walk from homes and streets.

UNLV geologist Doctor Josh Bonde found the bones while doing a survey of the protected piece of land.

"I'm walking around. We are doing a survey out there to see what resources are on the property. Sure enough, there is this little bone sticking out of the side of a hill, and I go in to investigate. Sure enough, it is a hand bone from some kind of carnivorous animal," Bonde said.

They also recently announced the discovery of a saber tooth cat fossil in the same area. Researchers have also found the bones of mammoths and camels. All of those animals roamed the Las Vegas Valley tens of thousands of years ago.

According to scientists, southern Nevada looked more like Carson City during that time period in the type of trees and rivers that used to be here.

Scientists and environmental activists are pressing for more federal protection of the area to create a paleontology museum for Las Vegas.

 

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