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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 did not invent dire wolves, the pets given to each Stark family child (even Jon Snow) in the book and TV series. Dire wolves are a real, but now extinct, canine species that lived 125,000-9,500 years ago. A new study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, reveals a bit more information about why they aren’t around…

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