Connect with us

Science

Dire Wolves May Have Been Lonely Survivors of an Ancient Lineage – ScienceAlert

The ancient, extinct dire wolf may have been among the lonest of the wolves – so genetically distinct from its closest wolf relative that it could no longer interbreed,…

Published

on

post featured image
ADVERTISEMENT

The ancient, extinct dire wolf may have been among the lonest of the wolves – so genetically distinct from its closest wolf relative that it could no longer interbreed, forcing it into an evolutionary dead end when it died out 13,000 years ago.
That’s the finding based on a new study, the in-depth analysis of DNA retrieved from ancient dire wolf bones from across North America. Once dire wolves (Canis dirus) diverged from grey wolves millions of years ago, they seem to have never mingled since.

Click here to view the original article.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

You might also like ...

post featured image
Astronaut artifacts on moon — like Apollo landers and Neil Armstrong’s bootprint — now protected by US law – CNN
post featured image
A ‘Megasatellite’ Orbiting Ceres Would Make a Fine Home For Humans, Scientist Says – ScienceAlert
post featured image
Mysterious, Upside-Down Lightning May Not Be a Freak Phenomenon After All – ScienceAlert