404 Wolf Skulls
The dire wolf was probably the heaviest canine ever to have existed. It earned its ‘dire’ tag from comparisons with the modern grey wolf.
A much heftier beast with larger teeth, its powerful build and short legs indicate it might have been more of an ambush hunter and less of a long-distance runner than modern wolves.
Dire wolves were native to the Americas and thousands of their skeletons have been found in the La Brea tar pits.
They became extinct between 16,000 and 10,000 years ago in different areas of the Americas.
Check out these 404 Dire Wolf skulls exhibited at L.A.’s LaBrea Tar Pits Museum: