A collection of dire wolf skulls


26 Responses to “A collection of dire wolf skulls”

  1. kbmcg says:

     Definitely fewer than 400, more like 200 by my quick count.

  2. TombKing says:

    I got lucky on my visit and got to see a freshly removed saber tooth cat skull.

    I was amazed to learn they have warehouses of stuff to be classified, mostly small animals but still boggling at the amount of bones over the years and the possiblity of new things to find.

  3. GawainLavers says:

    I love the La Brea Tar Pits, but I feel like the place hasn’t changed significantly since the early ’80s: is that true?  I went recently and felt like they had all the same animatronics and skeletons that I remembered as a five-year-old.

    Which reminds me, are they selling those saber-tooth salad tongs yet?  They were just a prototype in the lab when I was there last.

    • Knifesmith says:

       It’s changed a bit.  The gross bit of tar ooze in one of the main lawns that I stuck my hand in accidentally (while eating lunch) on a elementary school trip, then told a docent about, is now an excavation pit.  Yeah, no credit at all for “discovering” that one…

      • Brainspore says:

        Shouldn’t the credit for discovery go to the critters who got stuck there first, thus luring in all those wolves?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I went recently and felt like they had all the same animatronics and skeletons that I remembered as a five-year-old.

      Is that bad?  Some things don’t need to be updated.

    • Brainspore says:

      I went recently and felt like they had all the same animatronics and skeletons that I remembered as a five-year-old.

      Ice age animals haven’t changed that much since the 80s. Dinosaurs are another story: I remember when they were still monstrous lizards instead of oversized chickens.

  4. RadioSilence says:

    A recent BBC documentary by Dr Alice Roberts visits the store rooms containing the thousands upon thousands of bones they’ve (so far) dug out. The last episode was on last night so all three are on the iplayer to stream for another six days - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p018c9fm

  5. Rich Keller says:

    I haven’t been there since I was two years old. I’d like to see it now that I  can actually understand it. I really want one of those dogs and some replica skulls.  

    Are the tar pits still at the intersection of Pico and Sepulveda?

  6. Sean Ness says:

    “the La Brea Tar Pits” when translated = the the Pitch Tar Pits.

    • Brainspore says:

      “Game of Thrones” related factoid: the Spanish explorers who first documented those dire wolf-filled pits also established El Camino Real (“The King’s Road”).

    • Aurvondel says:

       Yes, that happens time and time again when one language slowly supplants another in the same geographical region. My favorite is
      Torpenhow Hill in northwest England, whose name translates as HillHillHill Hill.

  7. Joseph Francis says:

    I took a walk there once and suddenly started noticing every animal had human-like arm bone arrangements, including the mammoths.

    • Brainspore says:

      That makes sense. When you only have six days to create and populate a whole planet you have to cut corners somewhere.

  8. dagfooyo says:

    Nymeria?  Ghost?  Summer?  Nooooooo!!!

  9. technogeekagain says:

    What I found more impressive was that they have enough Sabertooth skulls to show the sequence of tooth replacement from infant to adult.

    There’s a LOT of skull erosion involved to bring in a new tooth that size without ever depriving the smilodon of a working set of weapons. I somehow suspect that a teething sabertooth was NOT a happy animal.

  10. Andrew Buis says:

    Not dire-wolf specific, but rather dogs bred to look like wolves without wolf blood: http://www.tamaskan-dog.org/

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