Extinct dire wolf, Canis dirus. Image detail from a 1921 mural by Charles R. Knight (1974-1953).
Image credit: From the Jesse Earl Hyde Collection, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Department of Geological Sciences. Made available through Wikimedia. Public domain.
Family: Canidae (dogs, coyotes, foxes, jackals, wolves; many extinct genera)
Genus: Canis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Species: Canis dirus (Leidy, 1858) - dire wolf (extinct)
Subspecies: Canis dirus guildayi (extinct)
Subspecies: Canis dirus dirus (extinct)
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