Dire Wolf Research at IMNH

Dr. Angela Perri, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Lepzig, Germany, was at the IMNH last week. She is studying and sampling DNA from dire wolves from two southeast Idaho fossil sites.

Perri’s research questions are:

  • are the dire wolves from Idaho really dire wolves
  • are they a different species
  • are they a hybrid species
  • the earliest records of dog domestication.

We are looking forward to Perri’s results and the new knowledge it will add to our understanding of Idaho’s fossil record.