Dire Wolves Were Real! But Not Wolves

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When you hear the words dire wolf, your mind might jump to Game of Thrones or Dungeons and Dragons, but dire wolves are not just in the realm of fantasy and fiction. They were real animals that lived during the last Ice Age, and we’re still learning a lot about them, like the fact that they aren’t wolves!

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Sources:
Special thanks to Dr. Angela Perri
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Images:
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/mammoth-walking-on-snow-covered-hills-mountain-environment-this-is-a-3d-render-gm1214625185-353459400
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/dire-wolf-head-gm1169035654-323003579
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/dire-wolf-on-white-gm925090822-253868959
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Canis_dirus_Sternberg_Museum.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ice_age_fauna_of_northern_Spain_-_Mauricio_Ant%C3%B3n.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dire_Wolf_Skulls_La_Brea_2005-08-01.JPG
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/the-gray-wolf-or-grey-wolf-is-a-species-of-canid-native-to-the-wilderness-and-remote-gm1216700737-354883930
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Canis_lupus_%26_Aenocyon_dirus.jpg
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https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/wolf-at-bayerischer-wald-national-park-germany-gm970057960-264327500
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https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/dire-wolf-howling-gm1269164923-372625801
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