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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2021 8:41 p.m. PST

"Dire wolves were large wolf-like canids — around 68 kg, about 25% heavier than gray wolves — and among the most common extinct large carnivores of the American Late Pleistocene megafauna.

Their remains are present in the North American paleontological record from at least around 250,000 to about 13,000 years ago, at the end of the Pleistocene epoch.

Other canid species that were present in Late Pleistocene North America include the slightly smaller gray wolf, the much smaller coyote (Canis latrans) and the dhole (Cuon alpinus), although dire wolves appear to have been more common overall…"


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