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ES: El lobo gigante, el Canis dirus, fue probablemente uno de los mayores cánidos que hayan existido (sólo superado por el Epicyon), llegando a pesar unos 80 kilos. Aunque comparado con el actual lobo gris era un poco más grande pero con un cerebro menor, Canis dirus era mucho más robusto, con una patas más cortas y un morro alargado acabado en grandes colmillos. Su mandíbula era muy poderosa, siendo capaz de triturar huesos. Es por eso que se cree que el lobo gigante ocupó el nicho de las hienas en las praderas americanas, porque de haber resultado una versión gigante del lobo gris común, ambas especies no podrían coexistir en el mismo espacio y en la misma época, algo que sí sucedió.

Canis dirus tiene su origen en Sudamérica, evolucionando de Canis ambrusteri. Esta especie ancestral se extendió por todo el continente americano hace 800.000 años, pero se extinguió en Norteamérica. Los ejemplares sudamericanos terminaron por evolucionar y convertirse en lobos gigantes, los cuales volvieron a América del norte, colonizándola exitosamente. Allí compartieron hábitat con mastodontes, caballos, megaterios y dientes de sable, como en el yacimiento de Talara en Perú y el de Rancho La Brea, en Los Ángeles. Es en este yacimiento donde se han recuperado más ejemplares de Canis dirus, hasta 3500, lo que sugiere que, además de ser depredadores abundantes, vivían en manadas, como los lobos actuales. Su extinción se inició con los cambios climáticos de finales del Pleistoceno, cuando la megafauna americana desapareció. Sus presas se extinguieron, lo que fue fulminante para los Canis dirus. Sin embargo se han hallado restos en Arkansas que sugieren que algunos ejemplares pudieron sobrevivir hasta hace 4000 años.

EN: The dire wolf, Canis dirus, was probably one of the largest canids that ever existed (only reached by Epicyon), with an approximated weight of 80kg. Although compared with the actual gray wolf it was a little bigger but with a smaller brain, dire wolf was much more robust, with shorter legs and an elongated snout finished in large teeth. Its jaw was very powerful, being able to crush bones. That's why it's believed that the dire wolf occupied the hyena's ecological niche in the American prairies, because if dire wolves have resulted only in a giant version of the common gray wolf, this two species couldn't coexist in the same place and at the same time, something that truly happened.

Dire wolf has its origins in South America, evolving from Canis ambrusteri. This ancestral species had extended throughout the American continent 800,000 years ago, but became extinct in North America. The South American copies eventually evolve into giant wolves, which returned to North America. There, they shared habitat with mastodons, horses, ground sloths and sabertooths, as at the fossil site of Talara in Perú and in Rancho La Brea, in Los Angeles. It's in this fossil site where have been recovered most of the copies of dire wolf, 3500 more or less, suggesting that, besides being abundant predators, they lived in packs like modern wolves. Its extinction began with the climatic changes of the late Pleistocene, when the American megafauna disappeared. Their preys became extinct, which was devastating for the dire wolf. However, remains have been found in Arkansas suggesting that some individuals could have survived until 4000 years ago.
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black-wolf1005 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
nice :)
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Winter-Alpha-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible do you take trades?
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jesusgamarra Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! What do you mean with trades?
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Winter-Alpha-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome it's where I make an art for you of one of your characters and you do the same for me then me trade them :3
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jesusgamarra Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok looks good!! We can talk about it in PM :)
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Winter-Alpha-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure I'll note you
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ForbiddenParadise64 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
Not quite the largest, as the largest species of Epicyon may have reached as much as 170kg, but still this animal is incredible in all rights. And awesome art work of course :)
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jesusgamarra Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! You are absolutely right xdd
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Awesome work
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jesusgamarra Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
You're very Welcome ! Awesome works :nod: 
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Zimices Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist
Me gusta mucho el color y sobre todo, la robustez que refleja la anatomía del animal, ¡buen trabajo!
Es curioso pero otro yacimiento importante con restos de este lobo también es de brea: los pozos de Talara en Perú. ;)
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jesusgamarra Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Muchas gracias! Estuve mucho tiempo pensando en cómo iba a hacer el color del pelaje, y casi que me vino sólo xd Es como un cruce entre lobo ibérico y chacal. Me alegra que digas lo de la robustez, porque quería transmitir esa sensación jeje. Ahora mismo añado el yacimiento de Talara ;P
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!!
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Ursumeles Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
Nice!
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bhut Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
Neat!
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