DID WOLVES COME FROM?"
The first thing we have to do is learn two scientific
names. They are not to hard to pronouce and I have a friend of mine who
will help you to pronouce these words.
There are three types of wolves, the gray wolf and the red wolf. We are only going to be
talking about two of these types, the gray wolf and the red
The gray wolf is
called: "CANIS LUPUS" and is pronouced like
The red wolf is called: "CANIS RUFUS" and is
pronouced like this.
You can click on the speaker below to hear how these
names are pronouced.
So, where did wolves come from?
way to answer this question is to study the diagram below:
As you can see, the wolf started out about 60 million
years ago during the Paleocene period. These animals walked on 5
toes and had partially retractable claws. Almost like a cat, but not
quite. Some people think they looked like long legged
About 20 million years
ago, the Miocene period, the two groups of animals that would make
up the dogs and the cats were quite different from each other. It is
interesting to note, that the wolf and the dog and the cat all came from
the same original family around 60 million years ago.
As time went by, the legs of the wolf grew longer and
the brain became larger and the teeth became sharper. About 1 million years ago, the
Pleistocene period, the wolf looked pretty much like it looks
Today, the wolf's closest relatives are the dogs. As a matter of
fact, the dog belongs to the species: "CANIS LUPUS FAMILIARIS." The family
dog is actually a pure wolf.