Dire Wolf

Canis dirus


Modern Timber Wolf

The Dire Wolf is an extinct member of the Canis Family genus. In fact, it may have been the largest member of that family to have ever lived. It was similar to modern Timber Wolves, but larger and more robust. Typical length being 5ft. and weighing 110-175lbs.

Canis dirus ranged from the west coast of North America, to the east coast, and to Florida. It also migrated to parts of South America.

Hunting Peccaries, Deer, Llamas, Horses and young animals like baby Mastodons & Mammoths. These Prehistoric Wolves hunted in Wolf packs of 3 to as many as 20 individuals, and were both hunters and scavengers.

Dire Wolf Skeleton

More than 3600 individuals have been excavated from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California. It was the most common carnivorous found there.

The legs of this "Big bad" wolf were significantly shorter than a Gray Wolf, but the head and teeth were more massive. This stocky predator's teeth may have been used to crush bones.

Dire Wolf Jaw Fossil

Fossil Dire Wolf Jaw

The “Type Specimen” (a fossil jawbone) of Canis dirus was discovered in 1854, by Francis A. Linck, near Evansville, Indiana.

Canis dirus is well represented in Florida’s Fossil Record and is considered a major part of the Pleistocene Megafauna.


Canis Dirus Wolf Fossils for Sale

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Canis Dirus Wolf Jaw Fossil for Sale

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Upper Canis Dirus Wolf Tooth / Molar Fossil for Sale

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Upper Canis Dirus Wolf Tooth / Molar Fossil for Sale

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