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Dire wolves went extinct 13,000 years ago but thanks to new genetic analysis their true story can now be told – The Conversation UK

Our research shows dire wolves lived in the tropics not the Arctic, and were not especially close relatives of the grey wolf.

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Thanks to the hit television series Game of Thrones, the dire wolf has gained a near-mythical status. But it was a real animal that roamed the Americas for at least 250,000 years, until it became extinct towards the end of the last ice age around 13,000 years ago. While in popular culture the dire wolf is portrayed as a giant predator hunting in snow-covered, northern landscapes, most scientists instead agree that the dire wolf was a very close cousin of the grey wolf the living species from which…

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