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Game of Thrones dire wolves were real. We now know why they went extinct – CNET

DNA evidence shows that the now famous — and extinct — dire wolf species couldn’t mate with gray wolves.

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In this illustration, a pack of dire wolves feed on a bison, while a pair of gray wolves approach in the hopes of scavenging.
Mauricio Antón
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin didn’t invent dire wolves, the animals famously given to Stark family children (even Jon Snow) as pets in the book and TV series. They’re a real, but now extinct, canine species that lived from 125,000 years ago until around 9,500 years ago. A new study reveals more on why the creatures aren’t around anymore: Dire wolves…

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