Friday, July 29, 2016

Beringian wolf

The Beringian wolf was a hypercarnivorous ecomorph of gray wolf which inhabited Eastern Beringia (modern day Alaska) and Northern Wyoming during the Holocene. It was similar to other Pleistocene gray wolves and modern Alaskan wolves,  but had a shorter, broader palate, with large carnassials relative to its overall skull size. This adaptation allowed it to predate and scavenge on Pleistocene megafauna. Such an adaption is an example of phenotypic plasticity.

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