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Canis Dirus

Dire Wolf

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Restoration of Canis Dirus

Characteristics
Era Cenozoic
Period Early Pleistocene – Late Pleistocene
Living Period 1.80 Million – 10,000 years ago
Region North and South America
Size Height: 1,5m; weight: 50 -79kg
Synonyms Canis ayersi, Canis indianensis, Canis mississippiensis, Dire Wolf
First Appearance Chapter 38

Description

The Dire Wolf, Canis dirus, is an extinct carnivorous mammal of the genus Canis, and was most common in North America and South America from the Irvingtonian stage to the Rancholabrean stage of the Pleistocene epoch living 1.80 Ma – 10,000 years ago, existing for approximately 1.79 million years. Although it was closely related to the Gray Wolf and other sister species, Canis dirus was not the direct ancestor of any species known today. Unlike the Gray Wolf, which is of Eurasian origin, the Dire Wolf evolved on the North American continent, along with the Coyote. The Dire Wolf co-existed with the Gray Wolf in North America for about 100,000 years.

The Dire Wolf was one of the abundant Pleistocene megafauna—a wide variety of very large mammals that lived during the Pleistocene. Approximately 10,000 years ago the Dire Wolf became extinct along with most other North American megafauna. The first specimen of a Dire Wolf was found by Francis A. Linck at the mouth of Pigeon Creek along the Ohio River near Evansville, Indiana in 1854, but most fossils recovered have been from La Brea Tar Pits in California.

Shirou's History Fact

Simliar to the largest of the modern day wolves, the grey wolf (Canis Lupus), but with an even stronger body. It had rather short feet, a wide head and long teeth which could chew through the bones of its prey. It lived in packs in plains or the forest. It's said that it ate tainted meat, but it also hunted specific prey depending on its area. It targeted animals stuck in the tar pits of Los Angeles. There have also been fossil dicoveries of dire wolves getting stuck in these tar pits themselves.

Chronology

School arc

Ernest's pack was checking School Camp out. It lies within their territory. A couple of wolves were about to attack the defenseless Miina Isurugi (Fake), but they were recalled by their alpha wolf (Ernest).

Exploration Party arc

Akira's exploration party and the trio Rei Ooguro, Tooru Rinzai and Kotomi Kawana were lured into a trap. A trap set by the wolves. As they were about to attack Akira's group. A group of Arctodus Simus invade their territory. The wolves are no match against the thick hide of the ancient bears. Ernest notices the fight between Akira and the Arctodus Simus. It sees a weakness of the bears. It commands the pack to attack the bear's nose.

The next morning Ernest finds Akira lying at the bottom of the cliff. It heads back to the exploration party's cave and calls for help. The party finds Akira still alive, but Kotomi is dead.

Prominent Animals
ChimeraChimera IIErnestMr. Lucky
Extinct Animals
AmmonoideaAncient TicksAnomalochelysArctodus SimusArgentavisAlectroenas NitidissimaAmbulocetusAndrewsarchus Mongoliensis ArsinoitheriumBasilosaurusBos PrimigeniusCanis DirusChalicotheriumCheirolepisCrassigyrinusCyclotosaurusDiatrymaEntelodonEumegamysEusmilusEusthenopteronGerrothoraxGigantopithecusGlyptodonHarpagornis MooreiHoloptychiusHyaenodonHypsognathusHyracotheriumIchthyornisIctitheriumIschyromysKannemeyeriaLystrosaurusMacraucheniaMammuthus ImperatorMegaladapis EdwardsiMeganeura MonyiMegatherium AmericanumMeiolaniaMesohippusMoeritheriumNecrolemurNemegtbaatar GobiensisNotharctus ParaceratheriumPristichampusPropleopusPtilodus RodhocetusSmilodonTitanis WalleriTriadobatrachusUnknown Extinct Animals

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