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The legendary dire wolf may not have been a wolf at all – Science Magazine

North America’s “top dog” traveled a lonely evolutionary path

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Dire wolves (red) fight off gray wolves for dibs on a bison kill in this artists reconstruction.
Mauricio Antón
By David GrimmJan. 13, 2021 , 11:00 AM
One of North Americas most famous ancient predatorsand a favorite of Game of Thrones fansemerged as mysteriously as it disappeared. Dire wolves, which died out with mammoths and saber-toothed cats at the end of the last ice age, were long thought to be close cousins of gray wolves. Now, the first analysis of dire wolf DNA finds they instead traveled…

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