Discovered in Siberia and currently on display in Japan is the head of a giant Ice Age wolf, with “giant” being a relative term, here. It isn’t big like Ralph the giant wolf from RAMPAGE, but it is considerably larger than any wolf alive today. The head is 16 inches long, whereas the head of a fully grown modern wolf is 11 inches in length. Scientists estimate from the size of the head that the beast would have been over 6 ½ feet length. That’s big.
The head is around 40,000 years old. It is estimated that the animal was between 2 and 4 years old when it died. How was it killed? They don’t know, but it wasn’t as the result of human activity, as humans hadn’t arrived in the area by that point in history. As for how the wolf’s head came to be separated from the rest of it—and where the rest of it currently is—scientists are equally uncertain. Maybe it lost a fight with an even bigger Ice Age wolf.
The head does not, however, belong to a direwolf, as that species was exclusive to the Americas. The head came from a “megafaunal wolf”, probably the direwolf’s Asian cousin, specifically adapted for life in the frozen wastes of Siberia.
They *say* they have no plans to clone the beast and bring it back. But they easily could.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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