Study of Dire Wolf DNA Has Surprising Results
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They're 'not related closely in any way' to gray wolves
(Newser) – Biologists have long observed that a nature has a tendency to evolve things into crabs. It also appears to like making wolves. Scientists say they were very surprised when an analysis of the genome of the dire wolf, a North American predator that went extinct around 11,000 years ago, revealed that it is only a distant relative of the gray wolf, though their bones appear very similar, reports National Geographic. In a study published in the journal Nature, the researchers say the dire wolf was actually "the last of an ancient New World canid lineage." It had long been considered a "sister…
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