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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Catarinab » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:01 am

Thanks for posting that, really intresting! Can you please post a picture of a Dire Wolf?

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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Canidae » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:53 am

Catarinab wrote:Thanks for posting that, really intresting! Can you please post a picture of a Dire Wolf?
Seeing as the animal was extinct long, long before cameras were invented...

http://www.itsnature.org/RIP/images/Dire_Wolf.jpg


I think that's the best picture you're going to get of one. xD
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Niela » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:41 pm

Canidae wrote:
Catarinab wrote:Thanks for posting that, really intresting! Can you please post a picture of a Dire Wolf?
Seeing as the animal was extinct long, long before cameras were invented...

http://www.itsnature.org/RIP/images/Dire_Wolf.jpg


I think that's the best picture you're going to get of one. xD
Here is a drawing. I don't know how accurate it is but it looks cool!

http://www.sdnhm.org/exhibits/mystery/m ... _stout.jpg
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Catarinab » Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:22 am

Niela wrote:
Canidae wrote:
Catarinab wrote:Thanks for posting that, really intresting! Can you please post a picture of a Dire Wolf?
Seeing as the animal was extinct long, long before cameras were invented...

http://www.itsnature.org/RIP/images/Dire_Wolf.jpg


I think that's the best picture you're going to get of one. xD
Here is a drawing. I don't know how accurate it is but it looks cool!

http://www.sdnhm.org/exhibits/mystery/m ... _stout.jpg
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Niela » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:45 pm

Sure no problem. I LOVE dire wolves and love to do research on them. If you really like them we are starting a RP pack
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Dark Illusions » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:53 pm

Thank you for the information on the Dire Wolf. It's too bad they don't have any direct descendants that are known. It'll be interesting to see what people post as stories and such about Dire Wolves.

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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by ryleed » Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:23 pm

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Angelsgirl wrote:Um, little question.... :oops: What IS A "Dire Wolf"
Well,A dire wolf is a wolf that lived millions of years ago.The useful information Solitary posted gives more information on the prehistoric predators.But I have also heard from somewhere that the Dire wolf isn't infact a wolf.Is that true?

Thanks for posting Solitary,very useful^^

Dire wolves were wolves. They were just a different species of wolf. In North America today, we have Canis lupus and Canis rufus. Dire wolves, Canis dirus, are now extinct.
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Catarinab » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:07 pm

Only 2 questions:
1-Did Dire wolves migrate?
2-Did they had any predators or animals that could be not predators, but that fight agaisnt them for food or something?

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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Adalae » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:09 pm

Catarinab wrote:Only 2 questions:
1-Did Dire wolves migrate?
2-Did they had any predators or animals that could be not predators, but that fight agaisnt them for food or something?
From what I've read about them, they were pretty much "top dog" so to speak, but other predators such as humans, saber tooth tigers, etc. posed a threat to them as well.

Here is a relatively good site where I found more info on dire wolves:
http://www.naturalworlds.org/wolf/histo ... _dirus.htm
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Jayness » Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:52 pm

Adalae wrote:
Catarinab wrote:Only 2 questions:
1-Did Dire wolves migrate?
2-Did they had any predators or animals that could be not predators, but that fight agaisnt them for food or something?
From what I've read about them, they were pretty much "top dog" so to speak, but other predators such as humans, saber tooth tigers, etc. posed a threat to them as well.

Here is a relatively good site where I found more info on dire wolves:
http://www.naturalworlds.org/wolf/histo ... _dirus.htm
Awesome link Adalae, although its very unfortuneate that the species died out.
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Adalae » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:45 am

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Catarinab wrote:Only 2 questions:
1-Did Dire wolves migrate?
2-Did they had any predators or animals that could be not predators, but that fight agaisnt them for food or something?
From what I've read about them, they were pretty much "top dog" so to speak, but other predators such as humans, saber tooth tigers, etc. posed a threat to them as well.

Here is a relatively good site where I found more info on dire wolves:
http://www.naturalworlds.org/wolf/histo ... _dirus.htm
Awesome link Adalae, although its very unfortuneate that the species died out.
Haha thanks and.. well, maybe it's good they died out.. they would be very dangerous today if they hadn't, I mean, just look at those teeth! xD

And I have a couple questions (planning a dire wolf story and I need to know a lot about them before I start it). Please only answer if you have a good idea that that's the real answer; if you get the info from sites, please give me a link to the ones you used so I can check them out^^

1. As the gray wolf accepts outsiders, would it be likely that dire wolves accepted outsiders at times as well? I noticed that they travelled in very large packs (30 members or more?)
2. Is the suspected mating season for the gray wolf the same for the dire wolf?
3. Solitary said dire wolves lose teeth many times... would it hurt them to lose these teeth and do they grow back? In a site I was looking at it said the teeth are meant for crushing bone?
4. If they encountered a gray wolf, it's expected that the wolf would be killed? Would the dire wolves be more aggressive and protect their borders more fiercely, so it is more likely that border protecting deaths would occur?
5. Since the packs are of such a large size, would fights for dominants occur often?
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Blightwolf » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:21 pm

Dire wolves actually resembled more of stocky, solidly built coyotes than being variations of the modern day gray wolves. In a sense, dire wolves were the large, "enhanced" versions of coyotes; despite having broader skulls, the brain case was much more smaller compared to the gray wolf's, similar to coyotes'. Also, the teeth of dire wolves adapted to bone-crushing purposes far later than gray wolves'; another coyote-like indication.

People have a slightly misguided conception about dire wolves being some kind of giant wolves when in fact they were more like giant coyotes.
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by SolitaryHowl » Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:00 am

Adalae wrote:
Haha thanks and.. well, maybe it's good they died out.. they would be very dangerous today if they hadn't, I mean, just look at those teeth! xD

And I have a couple questions (planning a dire wolf story and I need to know a lot about them before I start it). Please only answer if you have a good idea that that's the real answer; if you get the info from sites, please give me a link to the ones you used so I can check them out^^

1. As the gray wolf accepts outsiders, would it be likely that dire wolves accepted outsiders at times as well? I noticed that they travelled in very large packs (30 members or more?)
2. Is the suspected mating season for the gray wolf the same for the dire wolf?
3. Solitary said dire wolves lose teeth many times... would it hurt them to lose these teeth and do they grow back? In a site I was looking at it said the teeth are meant for crushing bone?
4. If they encountered a gray wolf, it's expected that the wolf would be killed? Would the dire wolves be more aggressive and protect their borders more fiercely, so it is more likely that border protecting deaths would occur?
5. Since the packs are of such a large size, would fights for dominants occur often?
1. I'm not entirely sure; it never said anything about that in the video I saw.
2. Most likely; as the video said that the mating/pup habits were similar to the Grey Wolf.
3. I'm sure Blight answered this one pretty well.
4. Not sure.
5. Again, not sure.
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Adalae » Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:40 am

Alright then, thank you Solitary. I will use my best judgement for my story^^
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Re: Information about Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus)

Post by Jayness » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:00 pm

Very interesting. I'm going on Google now to find some pictures on the Dire Wolf, if I can find any that is, maybe I'll just look at the drawings. =)
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