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Dire Wolf Baculum Replica measures 7.0 inches. Dire Wolf Baculum Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in the USA. Aenocyon dirus is the scientific name. Our precise Baculum can be used as a teaching tool, museum baculum exhibit, home decor baculum, or office decor baculum.
The dire wolf or Aenocyon dirus is the largest species of the genus Canis known to have existed. Its shape and proportions were similar to those of two modern North American wolves: the Yukon wolf and the Northwestern wolf.
The dire wolf or Aenocyon dirus had smaller feet and a larger head when compared with a northern wolf of the same body size. The skull length could reach up to 12 in. or longer, with a broader palate, frontal region, and zygomatic arches.
These dimensions made the skull very massive. Parts of a vertebral column have been assembled, and it was found to be similar to that of the modern wolf, with the same number of vertebrae.
Geographic differences in the dire wolf or Aenocyon dirus were not detected until 1984, when a study of skeletal remains showed differences in a few cranio-dental features and limb proportions between specimens from California and Mexico and those found from the east of the Continental Divide.
A study of the cranial measurements and jaw muscles of the dire wolf or Aenocyon dirus found no significant differences with modern gray wolves in all but 4 of 15 measures.
Upper dentition was the same except that the dire wolf had larger dimensions, and the P4 had a relatively larger, more massive blade that enhanced slicing ability at the carnassial.
From the 1850s, the fossil remains of extinct large wolves were being found in the United States, and it was not immediately clear that these all belonged to one species.
The first specimen of what would later become associated with Canis dirus was found in mid-1854 in the bed of the Ohio River near Evansville, Indiana.
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