Phonetic: Kay-nis fal-con-eh-re.
Named By: Unavailable.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Carnivora, Canidae, Canis.
Species: C. falconeri.
Known locations: Russia.
Time period: Pleistocene.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.
a little known wolf, Canis falconeri is thought
to be a close
relative of another wolf called Canis
armbrusteri that in turn is
thought to be the direct ancestor of the much more famous and powerful
dirus, better known as the dire wolf. Canis
noted to have a narrower skull than the dire wolf which might suggest a
specialisation in either smaller and/or more lightly built prey.
There has been speculation that Canis falconeri should actually be regarded as not a species of the Canis genus, but be regarded as a subgenus under Canis and refereed to as Xenocyon falconeri.