Canis falconeri

Name: Canis falconeri ‭(‬Falconer’s wolf‭)‬.
Phonetic: Kay-nis fal-con-eh-re.
Named By: Unavailable.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Carnivora,‭ ‬Canidae,‭ ‬Canis.
Species: C.‭ ‬falconeri.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain.
Known locations: Russia.
Time period: Pleistocene.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Although 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 Canis dirus,‭ ‬better known as the dire wolf.‭ ‬Canis falconeri is 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.


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