Dire Wolf, Canis dirus
Canis dirus was one of the largest canids of the wolf lineage to evolve in North America. Although the largest sample of dire wolf remains are found in the Rancho la Brea tar pits in California, the first recorded dire wolf specimen was a jaw bone recovered from the bed of the Ohio River near Evansville, Indiana in 1854. Dr. Joseph Norwood, the first State Geologist of Illinois, forwarded this specimen to Dr. Joseph Leidy in Philadelphia for identification, at which point it became the type fossil for the species.
Carnivora (Dogs, Cats, Bears, etc.)
Canidae (Dogs and wolves)
Height at shoulder: 80 cm (2.6 ft)
Average Weight: 60 kg (130 lbs); Anyonge and Roman 2006