A large extinct wolf of the Pleistocene epoch that preyed on large mammals.
- Canis dirus, family Canidae.
- Among this group, the extinct dire wolf (a giant relative of living wolves) claimed the most powerful bite force relative to its size.
- Against the blue of a mountain range - the same profile of peaks I could see from Grandview - were vultures, mammoths, dire wolves, La Brea camels, saber-toothed cats, and giant ground sloths.
- The figures at the top left and bottom right are dire wolves, extinct relatives of wolves and dogs.
Dire in the sense 'threatening', translating the modern Latin taxonomic name.
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