Extinct Falkland Island Wolf Warrah Skull

Extinct Falkland Island Wolf Warrah Skull

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Skull of an extinct Falklands island wolf Dusicyon australis. The only one to be found on the islands in the last century. It went extinct on the islands in 1879 and remarkably few remains have been found since - indeed this is the first recorded. This skull was found by a 13 year old boy Dale Evans, who recognised it on his farm because of his interest in natural history. The process of recording further finds was with the help of a local schoolteacher and Steve Massam of the Falklands Museum - where it now holds pride of place. The low volume of remains of an extinct animal, even just 100 years after its loss, may lead us to expect the fossil record in general is very incomplete.

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Keywords: australis, dusicyon, falklands, first, fossil record, museum, remains, skull, subfossil, warrah, wolf

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