You probably know about dire wolves from the famous book series and TV show, Game of Thrones. In that series, dire wolves play an important role as the symbol of House Stark and as the companions to the Stark children. But you may not have known that dire wolves didn’t come from the imagination of George R. R. Martin.
They actually existed within the Americas from 2.6 million years ago to almost 12,000 years ago. They were very similar to the gray wolves you’re familiar with now, but weighed around 150 pounds, with larger teeth and a much stronger bite. They preyed on horses, mastodons, bison, and camels – and were thought to be pack hunters, too.
They could be found all over North America as well as in certain parts of South America. Their remains have been found in a variety of habitats like plains, grasslands, mountains, and savannah. A ton of dire wolf fossils have been found in California.
Exactly what caused dire wolves to go extinct isn’t agreed upon. Their extinction came alongside many others during that time period.
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All the best,
Chris & the WERC Team