La Brea Tar Pits

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  • The Dire Wolf

    extinct after the last ice age and it is believed that this occurred to the lack of food. The animals which the dire wolf hunted were mainly herbivores, and the ice age would have greatly diminished available vegetation thus leaving the herbivores without enough food. The herbivores would then decline in number, hence leaving the dire wolves without food. There are also large numbers of the dire wolf fossils that are found in the La Brea tar pits. This is explained by the fact that most animals which the dire wolf preyed on would get stuck in the tar pits. Therefore, the dire wolves in their packs would come there so as to feed on stuck animals, in the process; some of the dire wolves would get stuck in the tar pits themselves. This would leave to the death of some of the dire wolves. Furthermore, the dire wolves that got away without being stuck would stay within the area so as to be able to feast on the next animal that got stuck. This meant that there was always a large population of dire wolves within the La Brea tar pits area. N the La Brea tar pits area alone, there are over 20,000 dire wolf individuals that have been recognized from the fossils collected there. There were other carnivores that used the same strategy such as the saber toothed-tiger and amongst the dire wolf fossils found, there are also numerous saber toothed-tiger fossils as well as that of other animals. Gradually as their numbers decreased, the dire wolves became smaller in size, having smaller…

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  • Sabre Tooth Animal Extinction

    The extinct animal i chose was the sabre tooth tiger, because i think it was the most interesting to me. Often called Sabre-toothed Tigers or Sabre-toothed Lions they where extinct 55 million to 11,700 years ago. Sabre-tooth Cats were carnivores named for the elongated blade like canine teeth in their upper jaw, which in some species were up to 50cm long. Quite bear-like in build, they were believed to be excellent hunters and hunted animals such as sloths and mammoths. These felines could open…

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