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On this page we present more fossil evidence of life during "The Great Ice Age" orCave Man the Pleistocene Epoch.

 

 

 

 
   
Pleistocene wolf (Canis dirus) from the Rancho La Brea tar pits in California, USA.   Also known as "Dire wolves".   Dire wolf bones are preserved by the thousands in the tar pits.   These are among the largest members of the dog family (Canidae) that have evolved, and are larger than their modern relatives, the Timber Wolf.    The fossil skeleton is as exhibited at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.   Photo by Flo Bruehl, July 19, 2008.
 
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Saber-toothed cat (Smilodon californicus) from the California, USA.   The saber-toothed cat of the North American Pleistocene (~ 1 million years ago).   The fossil skeleton is as exhibited at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.   Photo by Flo Bruehl, July 19, 2008.


American Mastodon (Mammut americanus).   This skeleton was excavated from a bog in Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA in 1844.   Mastodons belong to the Proboscidea, the ungulate family that also includes elephants and their relatives.   However, they are only distant relatives of modern elephants.   Mastodons were Ice Age browsers.   The fossil skeleton is as exhibited at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.   Photo by Flo Bruehl, July 19, 2008.


Pleistocene peccary (Platygonus leptorhinus) is a species that once roamed the North American Great Plains in large herds.   It is a distant relative of the modern pig, but adapted for running on hard open ground.   The fossil evidence indicates that they became extinct by the end of the Pleistocene.     The fossil skeleton is as exhibited at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.   Photo by Flo Bruehl, July 19, 2008.


Pleistocene Giant Ground Sloth (Lestodon armatus).   This Ice Age mammal lived in South America and rivaled elephants in size.   The specimen exhibited is 15 feet (5 meters) long and may have weighed several tons alive.   They moved along the ground on all four limbs and may have browsed on trees.    The fossil skeleton is as exhibited at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.   Photo by Flo Bruehl, July 19, 2008.


Giant Ice Age Armadillo (Panochthus tuberculatus).   This mammal is properly referred to as a Glyptodont, and is related to the modern armadillos.   This species lived during the Pleistocene Epoch in Argentina and had an impenetrable armor of more than 1,000 bony plates that fit tightly together.   The fossil skeleton is as exhibited at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.   Photo by Flo Bruehl, July 19, 2008.

 

   
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