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‘Game of Thrones’ dire wolves far apart from other canines: study – Global Times

Prehistoric dire wolves made famous by the TV series Game of Thrones prowled the Earth for thousands of years before dying out at the end of the Ice Age.

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Prehistoric dire wolves made famous by the TV series Game of Thrones prowled the Earth for thousands of years before dying out at the end of the Ice Age.Known as Canis dirus – “fearsome dog” – they hunted down and feasted on large mammals, so when species such as giant bison went extinct, dire wolves lacked prey, contributing to their decline. 
But a study published Wednesday in Nature points to another reason why the top predators may have died out around 12,000 years ago after lording over the…

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